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5 Minutes for 5 Questions with Boeing

Viasat partnered with Boeing Satellite Systems for the construction of Viasat-2, which is scheduled to launch from French Guiana on June 1. Viasat had an opportunity to sit down with Ron Dukat, Viasat-2 program director at Boeing, to ask five questions about the Company’s partnership with Viasat, features of the Viasat-2 satellite and future endeavors.

Viasat: How did the partnership between Viasat and Boeing originate for Boeing to construct the Viasat-2 satellite?

What Happens After Viasat 2 Launches: Step 2. In-Orbit Test

After we have designed, built and launched a satellite into space, and it has reached its geostationary orbital slot, we do not immediately call it operational. In fact, we commence the next phase of the process, known as In-Orbit Test (IOT), which evaluates the health of the satellite and characterizes its performance post launch. 

IOT is the last major test on the satellite before it goes into service and is necessary for a number of reasons:

ViaSat-2: Getting Ready for Launch

A question the Viasat program team is often asked is: what happens leading up to a satellite launch? Let’s take you through the ViaSat-2 journey – now that we’ve shipped the satellite from the Boeing Satellite Systems International factory in El Segundo, Calif., to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. As you’ll learn, a lot happens in the weeks leading up to its ride into space.

Shipping

Xplornet Takes Canadian Capacity on ViaSat-2 Satellite

Carlsbad, Calif. – May 1, 2014  Xplornet Communications Inc. has contracted with Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAT) for all of the residential capacity covering Canada on the ViaSat-2 satellite. Already offering high-speed satellite Internet on ViaSat-1, Xplornet will be able to offer faster speeds and more data throughput for its customers with the doubling of bandwidth efficiency expected from ViaSat-2, which is scheduled for a mid-2016 launch.

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