SANTA BARBARA, California – Problems with an unnamed component supplier are the reason the first launch of a high-performance satellite ViaSat-3 will not happen until 2021.
Carlsbad, Calif.-Based Viasat, which builds three of ViaSat-3's Boeing global broadband companions, told the US Federal Communications Commission that they would need to expand their market access rights for the first ViaSat -3 due to these delays.
The FCC has granted Viasat, whose satellites are licensed in the United Kingdom, permission to provide communications services to the Ka band in the United States from an orbital slot 88.9 degrees westward, provided the satellite is launched and operates by June 1
Viasat had revenue from the company, indicating that the first ViaSat-3 satellite has fallen to 2020 and may diverge by 2021 but did not give a specific reason. In his submission of June 17, Viasat pointed out that the "seller" problems had led to delays with the required load for ViaSat-3. Vendor name was edited.
Viasat wanted to have until 31 December 2021 to bring ViaSat-3 Americas into operation, or to get the FCC cornerstone.
Unlike most satellite operators, Viasat builds its own payload instead of assigning it to the manufacturer. Viasat said he is building the payload ViaSat-3 in his own production facility for a satellite in Tempe, Arizona, using modular Boeing structures.
Boeing also provides a satellite chassis and integrates the payload from Viasat.
The development and production of the first ViaSat-3 satellite will be over 80% for the end of June, Viasat said. Changes to the contract for the first ViaSat-3, which include improvements, also contributed to its delay, although Viasat did not specify how much.
During the filing, Viasat said the first ViaSat-3 satellite would be launched to serve the United States and the rest of the North and South America as well as trans-oceanic routes. 3 The US satellite to launch by May 29, 2021 and to be operational by December 31, 2021. The other two satellites – ViaSat-3 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and the ViaSat-3 APAC (Asia-Pacific) "afterwards" with the launch of the ViaSat-3 APAC in the second half of 2022. Viasat said in the past that the ViaSat-3 EMEA will be launched around six months after the ViaSat-3 Americas.
Each ViaSat-3 satellite is expected to have more than one terabyte per second of total capacity. Viasat said that each of them will have more than four times the capacity of ViaSat-2, which has 260 gigabits per second, and will enable individual users to gain internet connection to gigabit per second.
Viasat has a startup contract with the United Launch Alliance for Atlas 5, one with SpaceX for Falcon Heavy, and another with Arianespace, which on June 17 was upgraded from Ariane 5 to the next generation Ariane 6 with four straps. Viasat has not specified which rocket will release which satellite, but has set up vehicles that are capable of putting heavy satellites closer than the middle to geostationary orbit, allowing for shorter time to raise orbit.
Viasat told the FCC that the variety of marketing contracts ensures the release of ViaSat-3 America within a few months of completing production.