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Maxar Technologies’ SSL to provide broadcast satellite for Japanese video distributor

SSL, a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) will build a satellite that will be used to broadcast the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


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Japanese firm Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) plans to use SSL’s technology to provide ultra-high definition video distribution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. SSL says its new satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer. PHOTO: Maxar Technologies Ltd.

PALO ALTO, Cali.—SSL, a Maxar Technologies subsidiary (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) announced March 26 it will provide a broadcasting satellite for a Japanese firm.

Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT) plans to use SSL technology to provide ultra-high definition video distribution for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

SSL provided a similar satellite to B-SAT in November 2017, which is already operating on orbit, and both satellites will work in coordination.

“We are honored to provide a second satellite to B-SAT that will help ensure high-quality distribution of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said Dario Zamarian, group president of SSL.

SSL says its new satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

“We are pleased to extend our very good relationship with SSL to continue our partnership on the BSAT-4b spacecraft,” said Takashi Yabashi, president and chief executive officer of B-SAT.


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