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ViaSat 1



ViaSat 1, a communication satellite, was launched from Baikonur on 19 October 2011 at 18:48 UT. The satellite was launched by a Proton rocket and weighed 6740 kg. It will provide services for North America and Canada. At the time of its launch, ViaSat 1 was the world's highest capacity communications satellite, with a total capacity in excess of 140 Gbps. It carries 72 Ka-band spot beams; 63 over the U.S. (Eastern and Western states, Alaska and Hawai), and nine over Canada. ViaSat 1 will use its onboard engine to reach a circular geostationary orbit of 22,300 miles above the planet where it can match Earth's rotation and appear fixed along the equator at 115 degrees West longitude. It has a design life of more than 15 years.

Alternate Names

  • 37843
  • ViaSat1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2011-10-19
Launch Vehicle: Proton
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan


  • Communications

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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