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WildBlue 1

WildBlue 1 [WildBlue]

WildBlue (formerly iSky and KaStar) plans to offer Ka-band Broadband Internet Access via satellite. WildBlue's approach is based on next generation, two-way wireless Ka-band spot beam satellite technology, which dramatically lowers the cost of providing high bandwidth access to the Internet. Offering 35 spotbeams, it will enable operator WildBlue Communications to provide broadband Internet access for the contiguous United States - even in the most isolated regions of the country. It will be positioned at 111.1 West.

The Satellite names were changed from KaStar 1 and 2 to iSky 1 and 2 in 1999 and to WildBlue 1 and 2 in September, 2000.

WildBlue announced in March 2002 that it has suspended work on its satellite broadband system as it seeks additional funding. Work has been stopped on the first of two WildBlue satellites (under construction at Space Systems Loral) that would have provided high-speed Internet service, primarily for people in rural areas of the US without access to cable or DSL. In 2003 work on WildBlue 1 was resumed.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Communication
Operator: Wild Blue
Contractors: Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Equipment: Ka-Band payload (35 spotbeams)
Configuration: SSL-1300
Propulsion: ?
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 15 years
Mass: 4735 kg
Orbit: GEO
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
WildBlue 1 (ex iSky 1 ex KaStar 1) 2006-054A 08.12.2006 Ko ELA-3 Ariane-5ECA with AMC 18
WildBlue 2 (ex iSky 2 ex KaStar 2) - cancelled


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