A close-up of the primary mirror of the Worldview Legion satellite during assembly and inspection.
Space infrastructure and imaging company Maxar said Thursday that the first launch of its key 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 a launch via SpaceX scheduled for January.
WorldView Legion is a constellation of six imagery satellites and is key to the company’s continued winning of lucrative contracts from US defense and intelligence agencies. But Legion’s initial launch has been delayed several times, partly due to supply chain delays and testing issues.
Maxar said the first launch satellites have completed all but final integration testing.
The update comes alongside Maxar’s third-quarter earnings report, which saw the company post $110 million in adjusted EBITDA, down 2% year-over-year, on revenue of $436 million, little changed.
However, the company’s backlog has grown significantly to nearly $3 billion, up 56% since the start of 2022.
Maxar shares were down 30% this year at $20.52 as of Thursday’s close.