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SSL wins contract to provide powerful multi-mission satellite to Embratel Star One


San Francisco, CA and Vancouver, BC –Maxar Technologies (“Company” formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, today announced that SSL, a business unit of Maxar Technologies, signed a contract to provide a powerful multi-mission communications satellite called Star One D2 to Embratel Star One. The satellite, will improve access to high quality entertainment and information services for consumers and businesses in Latin America, and expands broadband coverage to new regions, helping to provide internet access to underserved populations. It also provides an updated X-band payload for government use.

“Star One D2 is the third satellite we will provide to Embratel Star One,” said Dario Zamarian, group president at SSL. “We believe there is no better endorsement of our capabilities than return customers and we look forward to again working together as a team to build this powerful and highly advanced satellite.”

Star One D2 is equipped with C-, Ku-, Ka- and X-band payloads for high-speed telecommunications, television broadcast and fast broadband in South America, Mexico, Central America, and parts of the Atlantic Ocean. It is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer and is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.

“This high capacity satellite will enable us to provide the world’s most advanced communications services to our customers who will benefit from faster internet and more entertainment choices,” said Gustavo Silbert, president of Embratel Star One. “With two SSL-built satellites currently providing service on orbit, we are pleased to once again contract with the team that we have come to know for a satellite that will help us update our coverage in important regions.”

SSL built the Star One D1 satellite, which was launched in 2016 and is the first satellite in Embratel Star One’s fourth generation family of satellites. The company also built Star One C4, which was launched in 2015 and is successfully providing Direct-To-Home television service in Brazil.

About Embratel Star One

Embratel Star One is the largest satellite operator in Brazil and Latin America, as well as one of the most representative companies in the world in its sector. Created on December 2000 as a subsidiary of Embratel, it has a fleet of nine satellites (Star One D1, C1, C2, C3, C4, C12 and Brasilsat B2, B3 e B4). The satellites are controlled by Guaratiba Center (Rio de Janeiro), the first in the world to receive the quality certificate ISO 9001:2000. With its satellites, Embratel Star One offers services of data transmission, telephony, TV, radio and Internet. For more information, access www.starone.com.br/en/.

About SSL

SSL, based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL’s advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations. SSL is a business unit of Maxar Technologies, a U.S. operating company (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR). For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.
 
About Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise to help our customers anticipate and address their most complex mission critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in 21 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes: SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe, and Radiant Solutions. Every day millions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that empower a better world. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information visit maxar.com.

Contact

Wendy Lewis | SSL Media Contact | 1-650-852-5188 | wendy.lewis@sslmda.com
Marissa Poratto | Maxar Investor Relations | 1-604-331-2044 | mporatto@mdalimited.ca
Nancy Coleman | Maxar Media Contact | 1-303-684-1674 | nancy.coleman@maxar.com
Angélica Consiglio | Embratel Star One | 55-11-2138-8910 | embratel@planin.com


 

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA”) with respect to future events and financial performance.  The forward-looking statements in this regard include statements regarding the award of a contract.  Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA’s current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends.  The factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this release include contracts not being terminated.  Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. MDA cautions readers that should certain risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. The risks that could cause actual results to differ from current expectations include failure of third parties and subcontractors; failure of systems to meet performance requirements; failure to anticipate changes in technology, technical standards and offerings or comply with the requisite standards; risks associated with operating satellites and providing satellite services, including satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit failures or impaired satellite performance; risks associated with satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SSL’s end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers, performance of suppliers and management of SSL’s factory and personnel; risk associated with financial factors such as volatility in exchange rates, increases in interest rates, restrictions on access to capital, and swings in global financial markets; risks associated with domestic and foreign government regulation, including export controls and economic sanctions; and other risks, including litigation.

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Contact

Wendy Lewis | SSL Media Contact | 1-650-852-5188 | wendy.lewis@sslmda.com

Wendy Keyzer | MDA Media Contact | 1-604-231-2743 | wendy@mdacorporation.com

Marissa Poratto | MDA Investor Relations | 1-604-331-2044 | mporatto@mdalimited.ca