AFRL, Industry Launch Revolutionary Spacecraft Technology

Shown is the Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader (ASETS)-II supporting the oscillating heat programs developed at the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. In an effort to deploy the next generation of spacecraft thermal control technology, AFRL has partnered with ThermAvant Technologies and Maxar Technologies to develop Oscillating Heat Pipes (OHPs) that provide lightweight and highly-efficient temperature control on higher-power, yet smaller spacecraft. (Credit: AAir Force Research Laboratory)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) —  The Air Force Research Laboratory has partnered with ThermAvant Technologies and Maxar Technologies to develop and deploy the next generation of spacecraft thermal control technology.

The groundbreaking technology, Oscillating Heat Pipes (OHPs), provides lightweight and highly-efficient temperature control on higher-power, yet smaller spacecraft. The OHP was recently launched in the second quarter of 2021 on a Maxar-built satellite.

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Maxar Technologies Awarded Contract to Build SXM-10 Satellite for SiriusXM

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (Maxar Technologies PR) — Maxar Technologies (NYSE:MAXR) (TSX:MAXR) today announced it received an order to build another geostationary communications satellite for longtime customer SiriusXM, following the SXM-9 satellite order that was announced earlier this month.

SXM-10, a high-powered digital audio radio satellite, will be built on Maxar’s proven 1300-class platform at the company’s manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California.

Maxar has been building satellites for SiriusXM for more than two decades, including the first-generation Sirius satellites launched in 2000, the second-generation Sirius satellites launched in 2009 and 2013, and the company’s third-generation satellites, the last one of which was launched earlier this year.

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