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ViaSat-2 satellite reaches geostationary orbit

Wednesday 6 December 2017 | 15:01 CET | News

Viasat announced the ViaSat-2 satellite successfully arrived in geostationary orbit at 69.9° west longitude, and has transitioned into orbit normal mode (earth pointing) with its reflector and radiator deployments now complete. The company also confirmed the ViaSat-2 satellite commenced in-orbit testing.

Following completion of the in-orbit tests, the ViaSat-2 satellite is scheduled to enter commercial service in February 2018, where it will enable the delivery of advanced residential, enterprise, government and in-flight internet services. Within days of reaching its geostationary orbit, the Viasat team was successfully transmitting data to and from the ViaSat-2 satellite, as well as streaming content.

ViaSat-2 was launched by Arianespace from Kourou, French Guiana, on 1 June. Viasat spacecraft partner, Boeing Satellite Systems International, controlled and monitored ViaSat-2 throughout the orbit raising process, flying the satellite from its Mission Control Center in El Segundo, California.



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