We’ve long aimed to connect the world. The ViaSat-3 constellation – a trio of satellites in development now – will make that global promise a reality. These satellites will also let us expand our services in the U.S.
The new satellites will deliver very high download speeds. Each of the ViaSat-3 satellites is expected to offer 1 terabit or more of total network capacity — a substantial jump from ViaSat-1 (140 Gigabit or Gbps per second) and ViaSat-2 (260 Gbps).
Our planned ViaSat-3 global network will not only help connect the billions of people with limited or no internet access, but also ships at sea, aircraft in the air, islands in the middle of the ocean and just about any other place where terrestrial networks can’t or won’t go.
While a patchwork of such connectivity currently exists on a variety of older satellites, the ViaSat-3 constellation will bring much more uniform coverage with vastly improved speeds and data capacity.
Along with the needs of people and business, it will also enable the U.S. government and other allies to take advantage of artificial intelligence and cloud-based applications over a highly resilient network that can also connect senior leader aircraft.
The first ViaSat-3 satellite is planned for launch in 2021. The second ViaSat-3 satellite is expected to launch about six months later. And the third ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to launch in the second half of 2022. These satellites will focus on the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific, respectively.
One of the greatest innovations of our ViaSat-3 satellites will be their ability to dynamically move resources to where customers are located.
“One of our key design criteria for Viasat-3 was to have the flexibility to allocate bandwidth resources efficiently over very broad geographic areas, while still being able to focus it on very small ones,” said Mark Dankberg, Viasat’s Chairman and CEO.
Here in the U.S., users won’t have to wait for ViaSat-3 to get an improved or new service. ViaSat-2 service began in early 2018, offering unlimited data plans and speeds up to 100 Mbps in some areas.
ViaSat-2 expands our geographic reach seven times, across the continental U.S. and into Canada, Central America, the Caribbean and Central America. The satellite also covers air and maritime routes across the Atlantic to Europe.
The potential for new markets and improved service will dramatically expand again with the ViaSat-3 satellites.