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Thales Alenia Space and Maxar Consortium Achieve Significant Milestone for Telesat’s LEO Satellite Constellation

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Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo
(33%) and Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), have completed an
important milestone for the Telesat LEO constellation.

The consortium has now significantly advanced their detailed, low-risk
designs for the complete LEO system, including system optimization,
requirements development, engineering trade-offs and technology
prototyping to establish mature and compelling designs for Telesat LEO’s
space, ground and user terminal segments.

As previously announced, Telesat selected the consortium of Thales
Alenia Space and Maxar, as one of two contractors for its LEO system
design phase to design an end-to-end communications system, including
satellites, landing stations, user terminals, operations centers, and
ground network. In January, the consortium, led by Thales Alenia Space, announced
the success of the System Requirements Review.

The Thales Alenia Space / Maxar design for Telesat LEO is based on the
combined companies’ proven experience, industrial capability and a
strong supplier base for fully integrated communications satellite
systems, including payload antenna design, on-board processing, optical
inter-satellite links and LEO satellite production. This milestone is
the result of fruitful and efficient teamwork between the two commercial

“Together with Maxar, we bring a strong expertise in integrated systems,
high throughput payloads, advanced antennas and processors, as well as
production heritage for constellations of high technology satellites.
Leveraging the flight proven success of sophisticated constellations
deployed by Thales Alenia Space, we are confident to enable Telesat LEO
to deliver low-risk, breakthrough performance and affordability
dedicated to broadband services around the world,” declared Martin Van
Schaik, Senior VP Sales and Marketing Thales Alenia Space.

“Achieving this milestone demonstrates the success of Maxar’s close
collaboration with Thales Alenia Space and highlights the progress we’ve
made in our innovative and low-risk design for Telesat’s LEO
constellation. Our solution leverages both Maxar and Thales Alenia
Space’s experience in building LEO constellations and also integrates
advanced technologies from Maxar’s MDA business,” said Megan Fitzgerald,
Maxar’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Space Solutions.
“For over 60 years, Maxar has helped to address many of the world’s most
challenging communications requirements, delivering some of the most
complex, powerful and highest capacity satellite systems, and building a
better, more connected world.”

The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL and Radiant Solutions were unified
under the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an
independent business unit within the Maxar organization.

About Thales Alenia Space

Drawing on over 40 years of experience and a unique combination of
skills, expertise and cultures, Thales Alenia Space delivers
cost-effective solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth
observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital
infrastructures. Governments and private industry alike count on Thales
Alenia Space to design satellite-based systems that provide anytime,
anywhere connections and positioning, monitor our planet, enhance
management of its resources, and explore our Solar System and beyond.
Thales Alenia Space sees space as a new horizon, helping to build a
better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales
(67%) and Leonardo (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with
Telespazio to form the parent companies’ Space Alliance, which offers a
complete range of services. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated
revenues of about 2.5 billion euros in 2018 and has around 8,000
employees in nine countries.

About Maxar Technologies

As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar is at
the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the
infrastructure and delivering the information, services, systems that
unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. The
operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL and Radiant Solutions were unified under
the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an independent
business unit within the Maxar organization. As a trusted partner with
5,900 employees in over 30 global locations, Maxar provides vertically
integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth
imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers
anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges
with confidence. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to
communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build
a Better World. Maxar trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Toronto
Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit

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