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Viasat Thanks Partners Boeing and Arianespace for Successful Launch of ViaSat-2

Today is a momentous day for Viasat, Boeing and Arianespace – where together – we get to celebrate the successful launch of ViaSat-2.

We would like to thank both partners as they were integral in the launch campaign of ViaSat-2, the highest capacity communications satellite in the world. Once ViaSat-2 reaches its orbital slot and becomes operational, Viasat will be able to bring broadband to more places – and more people – globally.

ViaSat-2 Successfully Launched

Approximately 29 minutes after liftoff, the ViaSat-2 mission was underway with the satellite separating from the launch vehicle. First signals from the satellite were acquired shortly thereafter through a ground station at Hassan, India. In the coming days, ViaSat-2 will start orbit raising with its chemical propulsion system, followed by solar array deployments, and will then switch over to its electric propulsion system to complete orbit raising over the coming months.

ViaSat-2: Connecting Continents, Connecting Communities

The launch of the ViaSat-2 satellite system transitions Viasat from a domestic to regional internet service provider (ISP). That’s because, ViaSat-1, the predecessor of ViaSat-2, served high-speed connectivity across North America; whereas ViaSat-2 will provide even faster continuous connectivity across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe. With this expansion, Viasat can connect new continents and new communities.

 

Viasat-2 Scheduled for Launch Tonight, June 1 at 4:45 PM PDT

What Happens After ViaSat-2 Launches: Step 3. Orbital Operations

Once the satellite is in service, operations and maintenance kicks in – in the form of constant monitoring and adjustment of:

  • The satellite’s position in its orbital box;
  • The satellite’s attitude, or orientation of the satellite in orbit to ensure it is pointing at the earth;
  • Orbital debris and collision risks;
  • Payload performance – adjusting beam power levels and gain states; and

Overall condition – power, thermal, propulsion, etc.

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