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SiriusXM Commissions a Pair of New Satellites

Maxar Technologies will build SXM-11 and 12

SiriusXM has ordered two satellites to support its services. 

SXM-11 and 12 will be built and delivered by Maxar Technologies, its longtime provider, which currently is working on SXM-9 and 10 for the company.

SXM-11 and SXM-12 satellites are shown in an artist rendering provided by Maxar Technologies.

The geostationary birds “will be twin high-powered digital audio radio satellites, built on Maxar’s proven 1300-class platform at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Palo Alto and San Jose, Calif.,” the two companies said in an announcement.

SXM-8 went into service last year. The company plans to launch SXM-9 in 2024, and then one satellite per year for the three years after that. 

SiriusXM CEO Jennifer Witz and Maxar CEO Dan Jablonsky at SiriusXM’s headquarters in New York. (Photo credit: Maro Hagopian for SiriusXM)

The relationship with Maxar goes back to the first generation of Sirius satellites in 2000, eight years before the merger of XM Satellite and Sirius. 

[Related: “SXM-8 Satellite Is Now Serving SiriusXM”]