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Offline gongora

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« on: 02/08/2019 02:15 pm »
It's hard to keep track of Viasat 3 in our current forum structure without a dedicated thread.

The third Viasat 3 satellite has been ordered for the Asia/Pacific region.  All of the Viasat 3 launches now planned for 2021-2022, probably for the Americas, then EMEA, then Apac.  We don't know yet what order the three contracted launch providers (Arianespace, ULA, SpaceX) will be used.

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Re: Viasat
« Reply #1 on: 02/09/2019 02:28 am »
While it's rare to find oneself positively citing The Motley Post, they published a great transcript of Viasat's Q4 2018 earnings call. Launch situation is a bit more complicated, 2020 is still possible but they are making it clear that early 2021 is increasingly likely.

Based on our existing Ku and Ka-band global network, combined with the progress on the first two ViaSat-3 satellites and now having executed a third Asia-Pacific satellite agreement with Boeing, we believe we are well positioned to capture a good portion of the global market.

We continue to make significant capital investments into the ViaSat-3 constellations and are making good progress on the production of the first two, the Americas and Europe, Middle East Africa satellite. We're well into the manufacturing stage. The first ViaSat-3 class satellite is targeted to launch late calendar 2020 to early 2021. Some scheduled phases of the first satellite program are taking longer while others have shortened. On balance, an early 2021 launch is more likely now than it was last fall, which would be a little later than previously anticipated.

[The] schedule includes multiple phases: some phases have lengthened, some we're doing better. Obviously, we're trying to shorten the future phases to the extent we can and I would think of it more as a probability distribution than I would a point estimate and so what we've said is that probability distribution has shifted a few months more (ph) into early '21.
« Last Edit: 02/09/2019 02:29 am by vaporcobra »