Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies Inc. is a space technology company headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, United States, specializing in manufacturing communication, Earth observation, radar, and on-orbit servicing satellites, satellite products, and related services. DigitalGlobe and MDA Holdings Company merged to become Maxar Technologies on October 5, 2017.[4] Maxar Technologies is the parent holding company of Space Systems Loral, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, US; DigitalGlobe, headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, US; and Radiant Solutions, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, US. Maxar Technologies is dual-listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR.

Maxar Technologies Inc.
TypePublic company
IndustryInformation technology services, Engineering services, Communications satellite
Founded5 October 2017; 5 years ago (2017-10-05)
HeadquartersWestminster, Colorado, United States[1]
Key people
  • Daniel Jablonsky (President and CEO)[2]
  • Walter Scott (CTO)
  • Biggs Porter (CFO)
  • Liz Andora (CHRO)
RevenueIncrease US$1.77 billion (2021)[3]
Increase US$176 million (2021) [3]
Increase US$46 million (2021)[3]
Total assetsIncrease US$4.50 billion (2021)[3]
Total equityIncrease US$1.46 billion (2021)[3]
Number of employees
4,400 (December 2021)[3]
SubsidiariesSSL, DigitalGlobe, Radiant Solutions, Vricon

In May 2019, the company was selected as the provider of the power and propulsion element for the Lunar Gateway developed by NASA.[5]

On December 30, 2019, the company announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell MDA's assets to a consortium of financial sponsors led by Northern Private Capital for CAD$1 billion (US$765 million). The sale includes all of MDA’s Canadian businesses, encompassing ground stations, radar satellite products, robotics, defense, and satellite components, representing approximately 1,900 employees.[6] On April 8, 2020, the sale of MDA to NPC officially closed.[7] The newly formed privately-held Canadian company was named MDA Ltd.,[8] which later listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

On December 16, 2022, Maxar announced it will be acquired by private equity firm Advent International, in an all-cash transaction worth $6.4 billion.[9][10]


Maxar Technologies is the combined operations of Vricon, DigitalGlobe, Radiant Solutions and SSL (Space Systems/Loral).

  • Vricon, a subsidiary that provides 3D geospatial analytics through satellite data
  • DigitalGlobe, a vendor and producer of high resolution satellite imagery
  • Radiant Solutions, a subsidiary that provides data modeling; and analytics for satellite data
  • SSL, a subsidiary that constructs satellites[11]


Maxar Technologies was created in 2017 from the combination of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) and DigitalGlobe, with the resulting company renamed Maxar. The headquarters of the combined entity was then established in Westminster, Colorado. The company was dual-listed on the TSX and NYSE.[12][13]

In 2020, Maxar divested itself of the Canadian MDA portion, returning MDA to a separate operating company.[7]

In 2022, Maxar published several satellite images that showed a Russian military convoy during its invasion of Ukraine.[14][15][16]


  • 1969: John MacDonald and Vern Dettwiler founded MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates.
  • 1993: MDA sells its Electro-Optical Division (EOP) based in Richmond Canada to a Swiss Private Equity firm which merges with Cymbolic Sciences based in California.
  • 1995: MDA was acquired by Orbital Sciences for $67 million in stock[17]
  • 1996: acquired Iotek, a supplier of signal processing and sonar technology for military customers, for undisclosed sum[18]
  • 2000: entered joint venture with LandAmerica Financial Group to create LandMDA, a provider of property reports to lenders[19]
  • 2000/01: Orbital Sciences divested its MDA shares through an initial public offering; trades as TSXMDA[citation needed]
  • 2002: acquired Automated Mining Systems of Aurora, Ontario for $225,000[20]
  • 2002: acquired Dynacs for $3.1 million, with an additional $6.8 million contingent on performance[21] (now "MDA US Systems, LLC", located in Houston, Texas)
  • 2003: acquired Millar & Bryce, a commercial provider of land information in Scotland, for $21.32 million, with $1.76 million contingent on performance.[22]
  • 2004: acquired Marshall & Swift / Boeckh for $337.8 million, with $104.9 million contingent on performance.[21]
  • 2005: acquired business of EMS Technologies Canada (previously RCA Canada, which then became the Montreal division of SPAR Aerospace), a major supplier and subcontractor, for $8.9 million[21]
  • 2006: expanded into financial services with acquisition of Mindbox, a supplier of advanced decision systems for mortgage lending, for $12.6 million USD, with up to $10.75 million contingent on performance[21]
  • 2006: acquired xit2 Ltd. (Nr Charlbury, Oxfordshire, UK), information exchange solutions[buzzword] for lenders and home surveyors and other outsourced service providers[23]
  • 2006: acquired Lyttle & Co. (Belfast, Northern Ireland), property and related search information[24]
  • 2007: acquired Alliance Spacesystems, Inc.[25] (now "Maxar Space Robotics LLC", located in Pasadena, CA, US)
  • 2008: MDA announced the sale of its Information Systems and Geospacial Services operations to Alliant Techsystems of Edina, Minnesota for $1.325 billion.[26] However, amongst much media coverage, the sale was rejected by the federal government of Canada under the Investment Canada Act.[27]
  • 2008: Canadian government officially blocked the sale of MDA to ATK on May 8, 2008[28]
  • 2012: acquired Space Systems/Loral for US $875 million, making MDA one of the world's leading communication satellite companies.[29]
  • 2014: acquired the Advanced Systems business line (formerly ERIM International) of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems division.[30]
  • 2017: Completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, MDA now will be named Maxar Technologies, dual-listed on NYSE and TSX.[4] MDA will then be a subsidiary of US-based Maxar by 2019.[31]
  • 2018: Announced acquisition of Neptec for $32 million.[32]
  • 2019: Completed U.S. domestication,[clarification needed] whereby the parent company is now incorporated in the U.S. state of Delaware[33]
  • 2020: MDA is sold to a consortium of Canadian investors led by Northern Private Capital. This sale includes the Houston-based MDA US Systems, LLC.[7]
  • 2020: Completed its acquisition of Vricon, Inc for $140 million. Vricon is a global leader in satellite-derived 3D data for defense and intelligence markets [34]
  • 2022: Maxar to be taken private through an acquisition led by Advent International, in a cash deal worth $6.4 billion.[9][10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Contact - Maxar Technologies". Maxar Technologies. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "DigitalGlobe head Daniel Jablonsky new CEO of Maxar as Howard Lance resigns". Geospatial World. Geospatial Media & Communications. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Maxar Technologies Inc. 2021 Annual Report (Form 10-K)". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. February 22, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "MDA-DG combined entity to be rebranded as Maxar Technologies". Geospatial World. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Grush, Loren (May 23, 2019). "NASA picks satellite maker Maxar to build the first crucial piece of its new lunar space station". The Verge. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Maxar to Sell MDA for $765 Million -
  7. ^ a b c "Iconic Space Technology Firm Returns to Canadian Control as Sale of MDA to Northern Private Capital Closes" (Press release).
  8. ^ "MDA". MDA. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Sheetz, Michael (December 16, 2022). "Space company Maxar agrees to go private in $6.4 billion deal". CNBC.
  10. ^ a b "Maxar is being acquired by Advent International, a global firm with $89 billion in assets under management". Space News. December 16, 2022. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  11. ^ "About". Maxar. Retrieved August 9, 2020.
  12. ^ Greg Avery (February 14, 2018). "Maxar Technologies, parent of DigitalGlobe, moves HQ to Colorado". Denver Business Journal.
  13. ^ Maxar (October 5, 2017). "MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Creates Industry Leader in Satellite Systems, Earth Imagery, Geospatial Solutions and Analytics". MAxar Technologies.
  14. ^ Beech, Eric (February 28, 2022). "Russian military convoy north of Kyiv stretches for 40 miles -Maxar". Reuters. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  15. ^ "More than 70 Ukrainian soldiers killed in Russian attack on base near Kharkiv". The Guardian. March 1, 2022. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  16. ^ "The satellite giant bringing global crisis into focus". The Register. March 1, 2022. Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  17. ^ "Orbital Sciences Deal". New York Times. September 6, 1995. Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  18. ^ "MDA to Acquire Iotek Inc. of Halifax". Archived from the original on May 6, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  19. ^ "In Real Estate, Geographic Information and the Internet Changes Everything". Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  20. ^ "MDA Acquires Small Robotic Mining Company". Archived from the original on May 15, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  21. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2005" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 6, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  22. ^ "MDA Acquires Leading Land Information Company in Scotland". Archived from the original on May 6, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  23. ^ "MDA Acquires Leading Provider Of Electronic Exchange Solutions To Lenders And Surveyors In UK". Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  24. ^ "MDA Acquires Legal Search Firm In Northern Ireland". Retrieved July 15, 2006.
  25. ^ "MDA Acquires U.S.-Based Alliance Spacesystems". Retrieved May 14, 2013.
  26. ^ "MDA Selling Canadarm Business to U.S. Firm". CBC News. January 8, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  27. ^ "Ottawa reaffirms decision to block MDA deal". The Globe and Mail. May 9, 2008. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  28. ^ "Minister of Industry Confirms Initial Decision on Proposed Sale of Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. to Alliant Techsystems Inc". Industry Canada. May 8, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2009.
  29. ^ MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates CEO Announces Transformational US Acquisition Conference (Transcript). Retrieved on 06-27-12.
  30. ^ "October 3, 2014 – MDA completes strategic capability acquisition in the United States". Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  31. ^ Pugliese, David (November 9, 2017). "Canadarm creator to transform into U.S. company, raising concerns of tech heading south of the border". National Post. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  32. ^ Henry, Caleb (July 16, 2018). "Maxar acquires robotics firm Neptec for $32 million". SpaceNews. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  33. ^ "Maxar Technologies Completes U.S. Domestication." Archived January 13, 2019, at the Wayback Machine Maxar Technologies.
  34. ^ "Maxar Technologies Completes Acquisition of Vricon, Inc. | Maxar". (Press release). Retrieved July 1, 2020.

External linksEdit

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