Recently announced was the build of ViaSat-2 which is based on ViaSat’s next generation, Ka-band satellite technology and architecture. Bringing broadband services to North America, Central America, the Caribbean, a small section of South America as well as key aeronautical and maritime routes between North America and Europe across the Atlantic ocean, ViaSat-2 will be, by far, the worlds highest capacity satellite at the time of its launch.
“The market success of ViaSat-1 class satellites has highlighted the magnitude of the opportunity for truly competitive satellite services,” said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. “It’s clear that superior bandwidth economics in space create competitive advantages on the ground, in the air, and at sea, compared to other satellite and terrestrial alternatives. ViaSat-2 represents a significant breakthrough in broadband satellite technology – for the very first time combining extremely high bandwidth capacity with very large coverage areas. ViaSat-2 will make it possible to offer superior in-flight connectivity on applications ranging from JetBlue leisure flights to the Caribbean to U.S. government aircraft traveling to Europe or Latin America, to critical national and Homeland Security missions. ViaSat-2 will also combine unprecedented capacity and coverage with operational flexibility – solving historically intractable issues in geographical distribution of bandwidth demand, capital investments, and system performance. We believe ViaSat-2 is more than just state-of-the-art technology, it’s a great investment.”
ViaSat-2 represents a cooperative effort with Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. The new satellite will be based on the Boeing 702HP satellite bus and draws on Boeing’s four decades of experience gained from the production of more than 175 commercial communications satellites and its extensive expertise in Ka-band satellite communication systems. Along with the execution of the ViaSat-2 satellite contract, ViaSat and Boeing have entered into a strategic agreement to jointly market and sell satellites systems based on ViaSat-2 technology.
“The Boeing 702HP is our most powerful satellite platform,” said Craig Cooning, chief executive officer of Boeing Satellite Systems International and vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. “This proven capability, integrated with ViaSat’s own satellite technology, will result in what we expect to be the world’s highest-capacity satellite, and will prove to be a major contributor to the expansion of ViaSat’s complete portfolio of broadband services. We are committed to delivering this satellite on-schedule and with the highest level of mission assurance.”