Viasat Explores Alternative Launch Options for Third ViaSat 3 Satellite
Viasat, a global communications service provider, is exploring alternative launch options for its third ViaSat 3 satellite due to the delay in the manufacturing of the satellite by Boeing, which was supposed to be launched in 2022. The company is considering launching the satellite with SpaceX or United Launch Alliance (ULA).
Alternative Launch Options
Delay in the launch:
According to Viasat, the manufacturing of the satellite has been delayed by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the company is considering alternative launch options. The third ViaSat 3 satellite was supposed to be launched in 2022, but due to manufacturing delays by Boeing, the launch has been pushed back. In response, Viasat is exploring other launch options to ensure that the satellite is launched on time.
One of the options being explored is SpaceX. Viasat does have experience with SpaceX since their other two satellites were launched by the company. If Viasat decides to go ahead with SpaceX, it would be the first time the company would be using the Falcon Heavy rockets to put a satellite into orbit.
United Launch Alliance (ULA):
Another company that Viasat is considering is ULA. The company has a fleet of launch vehicles that are capable of carrying payloads into space, including Atlas V and Delta IV. ULA has a proven track record of success, and Viasat’s third satellite could be a viable option for them.
Viasat is exploring alternative launch options for its third ViaSat 3 satellite due to the delay in the manufacturing of the satellite by Boeing, which was supposed to be launched in 2022. The company is considering launching the satellite with SpaceX or United Launch Alliance (ULA).
The delay in the launch of the third satellite by Viasat is unfortunate, but the company is not letting it hold them back. By considering alternative launch options, they are ensuring that their satellite is launched on time. SpaceX and ULA are both capable companies, and Viasat’s decision will be based on which option is best for them. In the meantime, Viasat continues to provide its customers with high-quality, reliable satellite internet service.
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