ViaSat-1

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ViaSat-1
Mission typeCommunication
Operator Isle of Man ViaSat-IOM/ManSat
COSPAR ID2011-059A
SATCAT №37843
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
BusLS-1300
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass6,740 kilograms (14,860 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date19 October 2011, 18:48:58 (2011-10-19UTC18:48:58Z) UTC
RocketProton-M/Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
ContractorInternational Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude115.1° west
Perigee35,783 kilometres (22,235 mi)[1]
Apogee35,802 kilometres (22,246 mi)[1]
Inclination0.00 degrees[1]
Period1436.10 minutes[1]
Epoch25 January 2015, 04:39:48 UTC[1]
Transponders
Band56 Ka-band
Coverage areaNorth America
Hawaii
 
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ViaSat-1
Mission typeCommunication
Operator Isle of Man ViaSat-IOM/ManSat
COSPAR ID2011-059A
SATCAT №37843
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
BusLS-1300
ManufacturerSpace Systems/Loral
Launch mass6,740 kilograms (14,860 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date19 October 2011, 18:48:58 (2011-10-19UTC18:48:58Z) UTC
RocketProton-M/Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur 200/39
ContractorInternational Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeGeostationary
Longitude115.1° west
Perigee35,783 kilometres (22,235 mi)[1]
Apogee35,802 kilometres (22,246 mi)[1]
Inclination0.00 degrees[1]
Period1436.10 minutes[1]
Epoch25 January 2015, 04:39:48 UTC[1]
Transponders
Band56 Ka-band
Coverage areaNorth America
Hawaii

ViaSat-1 is first communications satellite owned by Manx ViaSat-IOM, ManSat, Telesat-IOM private companies.[2][3] Launched October 19, 2011 aboard a Proton rocket, it holds the Guinness record for the world's highest capacity communications satellite with a total capacity in excess of 140 Gbit/s, more than all the satellites covering North America combined, at the time of its launch.[4]

ViaSat-1 is capable of two-way communications with small dish antennas at higher speeds and a lower cost-per-bit than any satellite before.[citation needed]

The satellite will be positioned at the Isle of Man registered 115.1 degrees West longitude geostationary orbit point, with 72 Ka-band spot beams; 63 over the U.S. (Eastern and Western states, Alaska and Hawaii), and nine over Canada.

The Canadian beams are owned by satellite operator Telesat and will be used for the Xplornet broadband service to consumers in rural Canada. The US beams will provide fast Internet access called ExedeSM, ViaSat's satellite Internet service.[5]

ViaSat-1 is part of a new satellite system architecture created by ViaSat Inc with support of government of the Isle of Man. The objective is to create a better satellite broadband user experience,[6] making satellite competitive with DSL and wireless broadband alternatives for the first time.[7]

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