Jim McClelland, vice president of mission architecture at Maxar Technologies, said the small satellite industry is now more willing to take some risks, launch and learn from those launches driven by technological advances in smallsats, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.
â€œItâ€™s been a very exciting transformation of the industry,â€ he said Wednesday at the SmallSat Symposium. â€œI have to actually, oddly enough, give a lot of credit to the cubesat guys.â€Â
In August 2020, McClelland joined Maxar to help the company diversify its space infrastructure business and further advance its entry into U.S. national security and civil markets. He held management and technical roles at DigitalGlobe, now part of Maxar, from 1996 through 2011.
â€œCertainly one of my reasons for returning to Maxar was to bring more of that disruptive perspective to the smallsat side of what weâ€™re trying to do,â€ McClelland said. â€œOne of the things that is really kind of fun to watch is that the ecosystem of all the suppliers is really starting to get some momentum and be fed by the fact that thereâ€™s all of these different activities going on and all this interest.â€