While Viasat 3-1 (Viasat-3 Americas) and Viasat 3-2 (Viasat-3 EMEA) High Throughput Satellites (HTS) have their construction well underway and are planned for launches in 2021, there was a missing third member of the GEO triumvirate: Viasat 3-3 (Viasat-3 Asia-Pacific). This has now been ordered from Boeing and will be launched in 2022. Viasat has bookings on Falcon Heavy, Ariane 5 and Atlas V. It has yet to decide which satellite will go on which launch vehicle.

Meanwhile the latest member of Viasat’s communications satellite fleet in orbit, Viasat-2, is apparently doing the business, despite its slightly bent antenna, which has resulted in an insurance claim. Revenue for Viasat as a company came in at US$555 million for the final quarter of 2018 – considerably higher than Wall Street analysts’ expectations.


Artist’s impression of Viasat-2 in orbit. Courtesy: Boeing