ViaSat-1 Launch Gets Planned; High-Speed Satellite Internet Around The Bend?
The fueling of the ViaSat-1 spacecraft was completed on Monday, October 3. In the next phase of pre-launch preparations, the satellite will be mated to the launch vehicle payload adapter to begin the joint operations phase of the program. The combined assembly will then be joined with the Breeze M upper stage in preparation for mating to the Proton launch vehicle early next week. Wondering how and why this impacts you?
The high-capacity Ka-band spot beam satellite has planned coverage over North America and Hawaii, enabling a variety of new, high-speed broadband services for WildBlue in the U.S. and Xplornet in Canada. With a capacity estimated at 140 Gbps, ViaSat-1 will become the highest capacity satellite in the world once it is safely on orbit. In other words, once this bird is operational, we could finally see sat Internet speeds that are worth gloating about. Or, at least writing home about. Fingers crossed for a smooth launch!