First ViaSat-3 Satellite Completes Payload Integration and Performance Testing
Strasbourg, June 7, 2021 - ViaSat-3 satellite, the first in ViaSat-3's global satellite constellation, has successfully completed payload integration and performance testing. The payload will be integrated with Boeing's 702 platform then it will undergo a series of environmental testing to simulate the rigours of launch and operation in the harsh environment of space. The launch is targeted for the early calendar year 2022.
Each ViaSat-3 satellite is expected to generate over 20kW of payload power, making it among the highest-power commercial satellites ever built. Just three of these satellites will cover nearly the entire globe, and are expected to deliver over 3,000 Gigabits per second (Gbps) of capacity — or 3 Terabits per second (Tbps) total — for 15 years or more. The ViaSat-3 constellation is anticipated to have roughly eight times more capacity than Viasat's current fleet combined. Vast amounts of bandwidth are needed to address the increased demand for high-speed internet access — particularly in the video streaming realm. ViaSat-3 represents a major advancement in Viasat's mission to extend broadband internet service to the many places around the world that don't have it.
Viasat is also working on the construction of the payloads for the second and third ViaSat-3-class satellites, ViaSat-3 (EMEA) and ViaSat-3 (APAC). The ViaSat-3 (EMEA) payload is expected to be delivered to Boeing in the latter part of FY2022.