Press Release

The Isle of Man Government launch ViaSat-1 the first satellite to use an Isle of Man licensed orbital filing

By SpaceRef Editor
October 26, 2011
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Wednesday 19th October saw a major milestone for Manx companies ViaSat Isle of Man Limited, Telesat (IOM) Limited, ManSat Limited, and the Isle of Man Government with the successful launch of ViaSat-1 which will be the first satellite to use an Isle of Man licensed orbital filing.

The ViaSat-1 satellite will operate in geostationary orbit from an Isle of Man registered position at 115 Degrees West over the equator.

The ViaSat-1 satellite is the highest capacity satellite in the world and is designed to transform the economics and quality of service for satellite broadband. The high-capacity Ka-band spot beam satellite covers North America, enabling a variety of new satellite Internet access services beginning with WildBlue in the U.S. and Xplornet in Canada, working via ViaSat’s Isle of Man subsidiary and Telesat (IOM) Limited.

“ViaSat-1 is designed to transform the economics and quality of service that satellite broadband can provide,” said Mark Dankberg, Chief Executive Officer of ViaSat.

“ViaSat-1 is a next generation, high throughput satellite that will provide fast and affordable broadband service to all Canadians,” said Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO.

Chris Stott, Chairman and CEO of ManSat, said, “This is a great day for our clients ViaSat and Telesat and our partners in the Isle of Man Government. We are proud to support them in their work.”

Mr. Alex Downie OBE MLC, Political Member for the Isle of Man Department of Economic Development with responsibility for space, added, “Our congratulations to ViaSat, Telesat, and to ManSat. We are proud to play our part with the Isle of Man supporting such a ground breaking project.”

Further information:
Lansons Communications contacts:
Lucy Willat: 0207 566 9717,
Rachel Smylie: 0207 294 3653,

Mansat contacts:
Ian Jarritt: +44 1624 615571,

Lucy Willatt/Rachel Smylie

About ManSat LLC

ManSat represents a revolutionary partnership of aerospace, banking, financial services, strategic consulting, and international legal interests that have come together to offer unique business services to the world’s commercial space marketplace.

Building upon the Isle of Man’s preeminent position as a supplier of world-class banking and financial services, ManSat provides tailored business services to meet the needs of the international space industry, specifically focused on providing access to geostationary orbits and associated radio frequencies. By contract, ManSat Limited is assisting the Isle of Man Government in the preparation of its orbital filings to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for all Earth orbits and associated radio frequencies with special focus on geostationary orbit.

As such, ManSat is able to offer unique access to geostationary orbit. Established in May of 1998, ManSat Limited is a Manx registered and Manx owned private company limited by shares, headquartered in Onchan on the Isle of Man with offices and representation in Houston, Cape Canaveral, and London.

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SpaceRef staff editor.