ViaSat-1

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ViaSat-1
Mission type Communication
Operator  Isle of Man ViaSat-IOM/ManSat
COSPAR ID 2011-059A
SATCAT № 37843
Mission duration 15 years
Spacecraft properties
Bus LS-1300
Manufacturer Space Systems/Loral
Launch mass 6,740 kilograms (14,860 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 19 October 2011, 18:48:58 (2011-10-19UTC18:48:58Z) UTC
Rocket Proton-M/Briz-M
Launch site Baikonur 200/39
Contractor International Launch Services
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Geostationary
Longitude 115.1° west
Perigee 35,783 kilometres (22,235 mi)[1]
Apogee 35,802 kilometres (22,246 mi)[1]
Inclination 0.00 degrees[1]
Period 1436.10 minutes[1]
Epoch 25 January 2015, 04:39:48 UTC[1]
Transponders
Band 56 Ka-band
Coverage area North America
Hawaii

ViaSat-1 is first communications satellite owned by Manx ViaSat-IOM, ManSat, Telesat-IOM private companies.[2][3] Launched October 19, 2011 aboard a Proton rocket, it holds the Guinness record for the world's highest capacity communications satellite with a total capacity in excess of 140 Gbit/s, more than all the satellites covering North America combined, at the time of its launch.[4]

ViaSat-1 is capable of two-way communications with small dish antennas at higher speeds and a lower cost-per-bit than any satellite before.[citation needed]

The satellite will be positioned at the Isle of Man registered 115.1 degrees West longitude geostationary orbit point, with 72 Ka-band spot beams; 63 over the U.S. (Eastern and Western states, Alaska and Hawaii), and nine over Canada.

The Canadian beams are owned by satellite operator Telesat and will be used for the Xplornet broadband service to consumers in rural Canada. The US beams will provide fast Internet access called ExedeSM, ViaSat's satellite Internet service.[5]

ViaSat-1 is part of a new satellite system architecture created by ViaSat Inc with support of government of the Isle of Man. The objective is to create a better satellite broadband user experience,[6] making satellite competitive with DSL and wireless broadband alternatives for the first time.[7]

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