ST. LOUIS — Maxar Technologies plans to open a St. Louis office by 2020, the Colorado-based company said Tuesday.
CEO Dan Jablonsky made the announcement during the second day of a three-day event held by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
Maxar Technologies helps the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency condense vast amounts of imagery data, and gain insights from it.
“We process over 4 million square kilometers of imagery a day,” Jablonsky told the Post-Dispatch. “If you were an intelligence analyst it would take you about 80-plus years to get through that amount of data.”
Jablonsky took over as the company’s president and CEO in January, leaving his previous role as president of DigitalGlobe, a commercial satellite imagery company that was acquired by Maxar in October 2017.
The St. Louis office will start out with about 50 employees — most of them new hires. Jablonsky said the company has already hired 13.
The company prepares to fully transition into the new space by 2020. Its new office is located in the Globe Building, at 710 North Tucker Boulevard.
Maxar has 5,800 employees around the world, Jablonksy said. It also has more than 30 locations, and is based in Westminster, Colorado.
The company has customers in more than 70 countries, and has worked with a range of clients, among them NASA, the U.S. Air Force and Uber.
Though the St. Louis office will be geospatially focused, the wider company provides a broad range of services.
Maxar Technologies has built robotic arms that are used on Mars. It has built commercial spacecraft and provided satellite imagery to platforms like Google Maps and Uber.
Maxar was drawn to St. Louis in part by the NGA, which plans to establish a new campus on the city’s north side. But Jablonsky said the company was also attracted by the broader geospatial community that is growing here.
Another company, T-Kartor USA, also announced on Tuesday it plans to move into the Globe Building.
T-Kartor USA is a subsidiary of Sweden-based T-Kartor Group AB. It is already headquartered in St. Louis, but CEO Simon Bailey said that it was running out of space in its current location.
The business employed 35 people last year, but with new hires joining the team later this month its head count will reach 67.
T-Kartor USA is a mapping and geospatial analysis company. Most of its revenue comes from the work it does for NGA, but it also does wayfinding for cities like New York and Toronto.