Maxar Technologies has commended the Senate Commerce Committee’s passage of the 2019 NASA Authorization Act that was introduced by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Maxar announced on Thursday.
The act will fortify U.S. leadership in space and unlock new jobs and opportunities in science and innovation by supporting innovative programs. In addition, it will accelerate the development of satellite servicing and assembly, which will be critical to public and private space activities.
The bill hopes to cement the U.S. in space by authorizing an extension of the International Space Station (ISS) through 2030 as well as the deployment of Gateway to support lunar surface operations and the demonstration of key technologies for a human mission to Mars.
“We applaud the Senate on achieving bipartisan support for the extension of the ISS and the authorization of Gateway, the cornerstone of the Artemis program,” said Dan Jablonsky, Maxar CEO. “Space exploration has always been a uniting force bringing together all of America, and I’m grateful to the Senate for continuing this proud tradition of reaching across the aisle for the benefit of the country and all of humanity.”
The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL (Space Systems Loral) and Radiant Solutions were unified under the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an independent business unit within the Maxar organization.
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