Sirius XM satellite SXM-7 fails, built by Maxar and launched by SpaceX

A just lately launched Sirius XM satellite suffered "failures" throughout preliminary testing in house, the corporate mentioned in a securities submitting Wednesday. It didn’t disclose the reason for the malfunction.

"During in-orbit testing of SXM-7, events occurred which have caused failures of certain SXM-7 payload units. An evaluation of SXM-7 is underway. The full extent of the damage to SXM-7 is not yet known," Sirius XM mentioned within the submitting.

Maxar Technologies built the satellite, which SpaceX then launched in December. The satellite is designed to help Sirius XM's digital satellite radio community, with an supposed protection space throughout the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

A Sirius XM spokesperson advised CNBC the reason for the failure was not associated to the SpaceX launch of the satellite. The spokesperson mentioned Sirius XM is ready to talk with and keep management of the satellite. Sirius XM declined to touch upon whether or not it believed SXM-7 can be recoverable.

"SXM-7 was intended to supplement the existing fleet of SiriusXM satellites," Sirius XM mentioned in a press release. "Construction of our SXM-8 satellite is underway and that satellite is expected to be launched into a geostationary orbit later this year."

Shares of Sirius XM had climbed as a lot as 24% earlier within the day however then gave up a lot of the good points, up about 7% in noon buying and selling. Maxar's inventory fell as a lot as 8% from its earlier shut.

SpaceX declined CNBC's requests for remark.

SpaceX launched the SXM-7 satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket on Jan. 4, with Sirius-XM starting in-orbit testing of the satellite. The firm mentioned it doesn’t anticipate its present satellite radio service can be impacted, with its XM-3 and XM-4 satellites working usually and its XM-5 satellite standing by in orbit as a spare.

Maxar mentioned in its personal submitting on Wednesday that it’s helping Sirius XM "in troubleshooting and diagnosing the situation to evaluate the extent of the damage to the SXM-7 satellite."

"We're working closely with Sirius XM to diagnose the problem and evaluate any potential damage to the satellite and its mission. Our focus remains on safely completing the commissioning of the satellite and optimizing its performance," a Maxar spokesperson advised CNBC in a press release.

Sirius XM mentioned it has $225 million in mixture insurance coverage for SXM-7, which covers the satellite by way of launch and in its first 12 months of operation in house.

"We have notified the underwriters of these policies of a potential claim with respect to SXM-7," Sirius XM mentioned.

A Falcon 9 rocket launches Sirius XM's satellite SXM-7 in December 2020.SpaceX

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