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Boeing Delivers Most Powerful Satellite Platform the Company Has Ever Built to Viasat

Boeing has delivered ViaSat-3 Americas, the most powerful satellite platform the company has ever built, to network provider Viasat. After leaving Boeing’s El Segundo, California factory, the satellite was flown to Florida, where it is being prepared for launch.

ViaSat-3 Americas, one of the most powerful satellite platforms Boeing has ever built, in the Boeing El Segundo, California satellite factory – Courtesy Boeing

On Monday (March 20, 2023), Boeing announced that they have delivered ViaSat-3 America’s, the most powerful satellite platform the company has built to date, to network provider Viasat. ViaSat-3 Americas is one of three 702MP+ satellites to make up the ultra-high-capacity ViaSat-3 satellite constellation, designed to provide high-quality, affordable global connectivity and coverage. After departing Boeing’s El Segundo, California factory, the satellite was flown to the Florida Space Coast, where teams from Boeing and Viasat will support launch and mission operations, as the spacecraft prepares to travel to geostationary orbit, around 22,000 miles from Earth.

In Monday’s announcement, Viasat’s President – Space & Commercial Networks, Dave Ryan, said,

“Working with Boeing, we’re very excited to complete the ViaSat-3 Americas and bring us one step closer to providing higher speeds, more bandwidth, and greater value to our customers on a global scale whether they be on land, on the sea, or in the air. The innovation of this satellite allows us new levels of flexibility to dynamically allocate capacity to the most attractive and engaged geographic markets.”

Also commenting on the satellite delivery, Boeing Defense, Space & Security’s Vice President – Space Mission Systems, Michelle Parker, said,

“We designed, built and delivered the most powerful satellite platform we have ever provided to a customer. The result really is an engineering marvel. We expanded the boundaries of our design and the platform components to exceed Viasat’s demanding mission requirements, while ensuring alignment with Boeing’s proven qualification and reliability standards.”

The ViaSat-3 Americas is based on the flight proven 702 vehicle design hosting the U.S. Department of Defense’s Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) constellation, and over 40 other high-performing satellites, including ViaSat-2, Boeing’s 702MP+ features all-electric propulsion for the first time aboard a 702MP, providing more sustained thrust and efficiency. Additionally, the platform accommodates the largest commercial satellite solar arrays produced by Boeing subsidiary Spectrolab, along with batteries and electronics that generate well over 30 kW of solar power.

Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading supplier of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, as well as global services. The aerospace giant tops the list of the largest U.S. exporters, providing a significant positive impact to America’s annual GDP. Boeing supports government and commercial customers in over 150 countries and employs more than 160,000 team members worldwide. As Boeing continues to deliver for customers, they are committed to their legacy of aerospace leadership in technology and innovation and living the company’s core values of safety, quality and integrity.

Source: Boeing/PRNewswire


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