PARIS — Maxar Technologies, whose SSL unit ruled the roost for geostationary-orbit telecommunications satellites before that market’s collapse, has abandoned the diplomatic language and told investors straight out:

Its SSL Silicon Valley production facility will be merged with another satellite builder, sold outright or, if that fails, shut down once current contract obligations are finished.

Would any current satellite builder want to purchase the SSL business in Palo Alto, California? Maxar would insist on a price that incorporates its estimate that the land alone is worth $150 million . . .

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