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Maxar’s SSL Expands Scope of Work for NASA Asteroid Exploration Mission Psyche

10 Aug 2018, 15:45 UTC
Maxar’s SSL Expands Scope of Work for NASA Asteroid Exploration Mission Psyche
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NASA’s Psyche mission to a distant metal asteroid will carry a revolutionary Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) package. This artist’s concept shows Psyche spacecraft with a five-panel array. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State Univ./Space Systems Loral/Peter Rubin)
SSL selected to provide critical flight system component for Psyche Mission, which will reveal the mysteries of the only all-metal body known in our solar system
HERNDON, Va. – August 9, 2018 (SSL PR) – SSL, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), and a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, announced today that it was selected by Zin Technologies to build and test the Psyche Compute Element.
This critical flight system component was designed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for Psyche, a NASA Discovery Mission, which will investigate a metal asteroid that is expected to offer insight into how our planet formed. The award builds upon a long standing and trusted relationship with NASA and further demonstrates SSL’s successful track record of leveraging advanced capabilities for ground-breaking government missions in space exploration and science.
As the main on-board computer, the Psyche Compute Element acts as the brain of the spacecraft, functioning as the coordinating center ...

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