In the previous 14 years, Viasat has launched four different satellites into space and has plans to increase this number to seven before the end of 2022. With these seven satellites, Viasat has plans to become the world’s first global internet provider. Let’s take a look at Viasat’s satellites:
Anik F2: Viasat’s first satellite, Anik F2 was launched by Telesat Canada on July 17th, 2004. It offered speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps (not too bad for 2004 and more than 30 times faster than dial-up internet) and serviced 48 states in the US.
WildBlue-1: This satellite was launched by WildBlue communications on December 8th, 2006 in response to increasing demand for satellite broadband internet. Viasat acquired WildBlue communications in 2009 and took over the operation of this satellite. WildBlue-1 offers download speeds of up to 3 Mbps.
Viasat-1: This satellite was launched by Viasat on October 19th, 2011. With its state-of-the-art technology, Viasat-1 held the record for the highest capacity communications satellite for over 5 years. It offers download speeds of up to 25 Mbps, the fastest consumer satellite internet available at the time. By offering its internet service to Canada, Viasat-1 was Viasat’s first satellite to reach outside of the US.
Viasat-2: This satellite was launched by Viasat on June 1st, 2017. It offers much higher performance than its predecessors, reaching speeds of up to 100Mbps. By offering satellite internet service to Central America and parts of South America, Viasat-2 was Viasat’s first satellite to reach countries outside of North America.
Viasat-3: This is an upcoming group of three satellites set to be launched in 2022. The first will be launched at the beginning of 2022 and the other two will be launched later in the same year. Viasat-3 will provide a significant increase to Viasat’s performance and reach, offering internet services to countries (and oceans!) across the globe.
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