ViaSat launched ViaSat-2 internet satellite2017-06-02 09:36 by Daniela
ViaSat launched its satellite ViaSat-2 on June 1. The satellite was launched from Guiana Space Center on an Ariane 5 rocket. With its 14,149 pounds and the size of four sedans, this is the highest capacity communications satellite ever launched, according to the company.
With more than 300 gigabits per second of maximum capacity, ViaSat-2 has more than twice the bandwidth of the company's first internet satellite, ViaSat-1, launched six years ago.
"With ViaSat-2, we set out to solve this problem of how do we get capacity and coverage," said Chief Operating Officer Rick Baldridge. "We were able to do that. ViaSat-2 has over seven times the coverage of ViaSat-1."
The ViaSat-2 satellite system operates in Ka-band frequencies. It is expected to significantly improve speeds, reduce costs and expand the footprint of broadband services across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical and maritime routes across the Atlantic Ocean between North America and Europe.
ViaSat-2 is a geostationary satellite that operates in Ka-band frequencies. It was designed to offer high-capacity connectivity and wide coverage, with the flexibility to move capacity to where demand requires it.
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