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ViaSat 1

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2011-059A

Description

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.

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    Facts in Brief

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

    Discipline

    • Communications

    Additional Information

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

     
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