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ViaSat 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 (ViaSat 3 Americas, APAC, EMEA)

ViaSat 3.1 [ViaSat]

The ViaSat 3 series of high capacity broadband satellite for ViaSat Inc consists of three satellites for global coverage.

Boeing was selected to provide the all-electric propulsion BSS-702MP+ (originally BSS-702HP were to be used) busses, while the communications payloads are being build by ViaSat.

Each ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to offer over 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) or 1,000 Gbps of total network capacity to deliver a global broadband network with enough bandwidth to deliver affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet and video streaming services.

The new first of the news spacecraft for the American market is scheduled to launch in late 2019 or early 2020 and is expected to provide more than 15 years of service life. The second satellite for EMEA will follow soon after. The first two busses were were firmly contracted with Boeing in July 2016 for ViaSat 3.1 and ViaSat 3.2. The third satellite was contracted in February 2019.

ViaSat 3.2 was originally to be procured jointly with Eutelsat, but in May 2018, Eutelsat dropped out of the joint venture.

One satellite was booked on an Ariane-5ECA rocket, while another will be launched on an Atlas-5(551) launch. Another launch contract was awarded to a Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(ex). The first three satellites were to be launched from 2020 to 2022. The Arianespace launch contract was in June 2019 changed to an Ariane-64 rocket for a 2021 launch. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the initial launch date slipped to 2023. Due to delays of Ariane-6, the third was moved off this launcher.

The first satellte, ViaSat 3.1 (ViaSat 3 Americas), was launched in May 2023 on a Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(ex). It succssessfully reached geostationary orbit, but experienced a major antenna-deployment anomaly that may materially impact the performance of the ViaSat-3 Americas satellite. After one month, the issue has not yet been resolved. In Octobe 2023 Viasat has determined that while the satellite payload is functional, it expects to recover less than 10% of the planned throughput on ViaSat-3.1. Viasat also confirmed that it has insurance coverage of $420 million in place for ViaSat-3 F1 and will finalize its claim before the end of the year. The Company will not require a replacement satellite for ViaSat-3 F1

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: ViaSat Inc.
Contractors: Boeing Satellite Systems (bus); ViaSat Inc. (payload)
Equipment: Ka-Band payload
Configuration: BSS-702MP+
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 6418 kg (#3.1); ~6400 kg (#3.2, 3.3)
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ViaSat 3.1 (ViaSat 3 Americas) 2023-060A 01.05.2023 CCK LC-39A Falcon-Heavy (Block 5)(ex) with Arcturus, G-Space 1
ViaSat 3.2 (ViaSat 3 EMEA) - 2025 CC SLC-41 Atlas-5(551)
ViaSat 3.3 (ViaSat 3 APAC) - 2024
ViaSat 3.4 - 202x Option
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