Maxar Technologies President and CEO Howard Lance was on CNBC this afternoon talking about the new company formed from the acquisition of DigitalGlobe by MDA. During the interview he said they would be using a refurbished SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle for the Canadian government RADARSAT Constellation Mission.
MDA, a business unit of Maxar Technologies, is currently completing the build phase of the three satellites that make up the RADARSAT Constellation. Early on in the project MDA had contracted SpaceX to launch the satellites. They will all be launched at the same time using the refurbished SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage.
SpaceX has reused four of the Falcon 9’s first stages to date including today’s launch to the International Space Station on a cargo resupply mission. Presumably Maxar will get a discount for opting to use the refurbished Falcon 9 first stage.
Maxar was also at the New York Stock Exchange today where they participated in the closing bell ritual. Maxar’s stock has been doing well since the formation of the new company.
The company also has a new Twitter account; https://twitter.com/MaxarTech.