Viasat, Arianespace Modify Initial ViaSat-3 Satellite Launch Contract; Viasat to Become First Commercial Customer to Launch Aboard the Ariane 64
Posted: Monday, June 17, 2019
Viasat Inc., (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and satellite launch company,Arianespace, announced today a modification to their originalViaSat-3 satellite launch contract, signed in 2016. Under the new agreement, the two companies agreed to move theViaSat-3 satellite from an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle to the next-generation Ariane 64 (A64) launcher. With this contract,Viasatwill become the first commercial customer to commit to launch on the A64.
The A64 launcher is expected to maintain launch quality and reliability, but with added mission effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility. The A64 launch vehicle will feature a modular configuration based on core stages powered by lower and upper liquid propellant modules, which is supplemented by four solid rocket motors. The A64's configuration will also provide added performance to deliver aViaSat-3 satellite into a high-energy geostationary transfer orbit where it can begin on-orbit operations faster.
Arianespacewill launch theViaSat-3 satellite from theGuiana Space Center,Europe'sSpaceport in Kourou,French Guiana.
Moving to the A64 launcher completesViasat'sintegrated launch strategy, which is designed to bring an on-time launch to all of theViaSat-3 spacecraft through launch vehicle diversity and an integrated approach to launch planning.Viasatwill announce specific mission assignments for each of the contracted launch vehicles at a later date.
Dave Ryan, president, Space and Commercial Networks atViasatcommented, "We have a long-standing partnership withArianespace, and trust their A64 launcher will allowViasatto meet key business objectives, which include bringing high-speed, high-quality broadband connectivity to end-users, worldwide. The A64 vehicle is a highly competitive launcher, and incorporates key features to ensure a more cost-effective, dependableViaSat-3 spacecraft launch."
ArianespaceChief Executive Officer, Stéphane Israël said, "We were honored thatViasatinitially choseArianespacefor one of itsViaSat-3 launches, and has now evolved the program, enabling them to be the first commercial launch customer to commit to fly on our powerful Ariane 64 launcher. By moving to the A64 vehicle, we are confident we will demonstrate next-generation market adaptability—one that responds better to customer needs."
The ViaSat-3 class of Ka-band satellites is expected to provide unprecedented capabilities in terms of service speed and flexibility for a satellite platform. The first two satellites will focus on the Americas and on Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), respectively, with the third satellite planned for the APAC region, completing Viasat's global service coverage. Each ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to deliver more than 1-Terabit per second of network capacity, and to leverage high levels of flexibility to dynamically direct capacity to where customers are located.
About Viasat Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat'sCorporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.
AboutArianespace Arianespaceuses space to make life better on Earth by providing launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits. It has orbited more than 600 satellites since 1980, using its family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz andVega, from launch sites inFrench Guiana(South America) and Baikonur,Kazakhstan.Arianespaceis headquartered inEvry, nearParis, and has a technical facility at theGuiana Space Center,Europe'sSpaceport inFrench Guiana, plus local offices inWashington, D.C.,TokyoandSingapore.Arianespaceis a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which holds 74% of its share capital, with the balance held by 15 other shareholders from the European launcher industry.