First Viasat-3 launch delay to 2021

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Some BAD news for Viasat-3. Launch is delayed till 2021. Startlink / Oneweb will be onboarding customers before Viasat-3 is up....OUCH Can read about it over on https://spacenews.com/supplier-issue-behind-delays-with-first-viasat-3-launch/
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Posted 5 months ago

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Reality says it won't be operational until 2022.


The rural internet landscape could change a lot in the next 30 months.
(Edited)
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For all we know they may be waiting to see how the LEO satellites work out.
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Doesnt work like that. The train has already left the station and the satellitesxare already being built. Too much time and money is already invested to not launch.

But the "supplier" issue could be because the resources they need to build are being diverted to building the LEO birds.
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Yeah I see what your saying. I would think they’d be in a rush to beat LEO and get people on two year contracts.
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I agree. But the problem is related to a vendor. Must be critical components not easily sourced elsewhere.
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And so it begins.
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Too many components made by Huawei... or

It's karma and they have it coming...  (and they know it)

 
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RE: ExSatUser: "But the "supplier" issue..."

Maybe this is real issue, for the delay:

June 17, 2019 Viasat swaps Ariane 5 launch for new Ariane 6 rocket

Viasat has modified an existing contract with Arianespace to launch one of the company’s next-generation broadband Internet satellites on Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket, rather than on-board an Ariane 5 launcher, officials announced Monday.



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I am sure the Ariane 6 will probably be delayed too. But there is no certainty which rocket will carry the first satellite.
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ExSatUser: Ariane 6

"The agreement makes Viasat the first commercial company to commit to launch on the Ariane 64, the more powerful variant of the Ariane 6 rocket with four strap-on solid rocket boosters.
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The Ariane 6 rocket, which is scheduled for its first launch from French Guiana in 2020, will debut the new Vinci upper stage engine that can be reignited in space on missions lasting several hours, unlike the Ariane 5’s one-and-done cryogenic upper stage."

In other words, "it ain't over till its over."

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I miss the old forum...
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huhuhu "supplier" issue......

"Viasat said it builds the ViaSat-3 payloads at its own satellite manufacturing facility in Tempe, Arizona, using modular structures from Boeing.

Boeing is also providing the satellite chassis and integrating the payloads from Viasat."
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Interesting too, they are using a different launch platform for each satellite. Spreading things around so to speak.
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Fortunately things will work out fine once Viasat 4 is in operation.
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LOL   Good one.