SXM-8 is Maxar's seventh high-powered digital audio radio satellite for SiriusXM. SXM-8 stands more than 27 feet tall and weighs about 7,000 kg upon launch. It is built on Maxar's 1300-class platform and is meant to last more than 15 years.
FREMONT, CA: Maxar Technologies and SiriusXM has announced that the SXM-8 satellite has completed in-orbit testing and has been handed over to SiriusXM. On June 6, 2021, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the satellite into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
SXM-8 is Maxar's seventh high-powered digital audio radio satellite for SiriusXM. SXM-8 stands more than 27 feet tall and weighs about 7,000 kg upon launch. It is built on Maxar's 1300-class platform and is meant to last more than 15 years. The SXM-8 includes a huge, mesh, unfurlable reflector about 30 feet in diameter, allowing SiriusXM programming to reach radios in moving automobiles.
"We are proud of our long-standing relationship with SiriusXM and excited to see SXM-8 ready for service to bring entertainment to millions of SiriusXM subscribers," stated Chris Johnson, Maxar's Senior Vice President of Space Programs Delivery. "The entire Maxar team is committed to excellence, and playing a role in the success of our customers' missions is what drives us every day."
"We are committed to enhancing our satellite fleet and ability to deliver the best audio entertainment, traffic, weather, data and information services for years to come," stated Bridget Neville, SiriusXM's Senior Vice President of Satellite and Repeater Systems Engineering and Operations. "We congratulate our engineering team, Maxar and SpaceX on a successful launch and commissioning."
SXM-8 will give consumers in the United States continuous, dependable delivery of SiriusXM's audio entertainment and information services and expand SiriusXM's coverage area in Canada and the Caribbean. SXM-8 will keep SiriusXM's satellite fleet and satellite-delivered services operational until at least 2036.