Maxar anticipates the long-awaited launch of the WorldView Legion satellites this spring.

Washington— Maxar Technologies is now ready to launch the first two satellites of its next-generation WorldView Legion Earth-imaging constellation after years of delays.

The business reported March 18 that the first two of six high-resolution WorldView Legion satellites arrived at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California...

...preparing for April liftoff on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

WorldView Legion has faced numerous hurdles since Maxar began developing the spacecraft in 2017. This is a major milestone. 

Maxar needs the Legion program to expand its three WorldView and one GeoEye satellites.

The business deorbited its latest WorldView satellite in 2021 after its systems failed and it stopped collecting imagery.

"When all six WorldView Legion satellites are launched, Maxar Intelligence's capacity to collect 30 cm-class and multispectral imagery will triple," said CEO Dan Smoot.  

Electro-optical imaging satellites like Maxar's WorldView Legion can take detailed photographs of minor Earth features with a 30 centimeter resolution.

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