WorldView Legion satellites launching in January

A close look at the main mirror of a Worldview Legion satellite during assembly and inspection.

Maxar

Space and Imaging Infrastructure Company Maxar it said Thursday that the first launch of its major next-generation imaging satellites is scheduled for early next year.

The company plans to deliver the first pair of WorldView Legion satellites in December, with launch via SpaceX scheduled for January.

WorldView Legion is the company’s six constellation of imaging satellites and is key to the company as it continues to win lucrative contracts from US defense and intelligence agencies. But the first Legion launch was postponed several times, partly due to supply chain delays and testing issues.

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Maxar said the satellites for the first launch have completed everything but the final integration tests.

The update accompanies Maxar’s third quarter earnings report, in which the company made a profit of $ 110 million in adjusted EBITDA, down 2% from the same period last year, and little changed revenue of $ 436 million.

However, the company’s order book has grown significantly to nearly $ 3 billion, an increase of 56% since the beginning of 2022.

Shares of Maxar were down 30% this year at the close of $ 20.52 on Thursday.