With the goal of providing high-speed broadband internet access around the globe, Viasat has partnered with Boeing to engineer and build three cutting-edge satellites. When they have all been launched, the ViaSat-3 satellites will establish a constellation of coverage spanning almost the entire planet.
Viasat delivered the payload for the first of these satellites, ViaSat-3 (Flight 1), to Boeing’s California satellite facility in summer 2021. This followed unavoidable pandemic delays. With Boeing managing pre-launch spacecraft integration and testing, Viasat expects to launch the ViaSat-3 (Flight 1) satellite in the first half of 2022.
Throughout the development of the ViaSat-3 global constellation project, Viasat finalized contracts with three different launch partners:
When a ViaSat-3 satellite launch is executed by SpaceX, the Falcon Heavy will be utilized to carry the payload. Launching from the NASA Kennedy Space Center, the Falcon Heavy will carry ViaSat-3 (Flight 1) because the Falcon Heavy can fly a near “direct-injection mission.” It is capable of inserting a satellite quite close to geostationary orbit, eliminating the need for time-consuming orbit adjustments. This will allow ViaSat-3 (Flight 1) testing to begin quickly. By initiating testing soon after launch, the ViaSat-3 satellite will be able to transition faster to providing high-speed broadband service.
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