ViaSat-1 Launch Successful

ViaSat announced that its new Ka-Band ViaSat-1 satellite was successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 19.

ViaSat claims that this is the highest capacity satellite in the world. According to the company, ViaSat-1 promises to elevate satellite broadband service into a much more competitive position in the marketplace, with the capacity to serve the accelerating growth in bandwidth demand for multimedia Internet access over the next decade. It should allow WildBlue, who has had to turn customers away in recent years, the ability to add significantly more users.

The satellite will be raised to geosynchronous orbit 10 days after launch, with in-orbit testing expected to be completed 60 days after launch. It should be available for commercial service before year-end. 

“The ViaSat-1 launch is a big step in fulfilling our vision for advanced Ka-band networks,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. “We aim to begin consumer service by the end of 2011, and in-flight WiFi service on JetBlue next year, along with several other new, exciting applications.”

For more, see this release.

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