I guess we'll have to wait for falcon heavy

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Since the French Guyanese have destroyed their space industry I guess we'll have to wait for falcon heavy to launch viasat 2. Hopefully Elon has our backs.
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Nope, the Falcon Heavy demo flight isn't until third quarter this year - Viasat-2 would have to get on a future launch manifest after that.

Furthermore, ViaSat-2 is supposedly already at the French Guiana spaceport and has been secured. Consider also that its co-rider (Eutelsat - the Ariane 5 launches two satellites)  didn't make it to the spaceport due to the blockades -  Eutelsat was flown back to the factory for fear of further unrest. Probably safe to say ViaSat-2 isn't going anywhere but up once blockades are lifted and a general strike accord is reached (and EutelSat is shipped back)..

Launch is only the first step - it'll then take some time to put the new satellite into its orbit slot and then into service.

Don't worry though, I have it on good authority that ViaSat-2 is being safeguarded by the French Foreign Legion:

          
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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LOL -- hopefully we've got more than just 3 stooges guarding it!
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Jim

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Dude... get over it.  
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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We're hearing things are closed to being settled and hoping the spaceport will reopen in the next few days. Stand by ...
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Undoubtedly you do.  Not sure what the particular issue is here. The things in French Guyana have far more to do with how the French deal with the prefecture than anything else.  That said, Spaceflightnow changed their launch date to "May" from "June" earlier this week.  Alex, do you have an idea what checkout time is for the bird?  Three months?  Six?
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If by checkout time you mean the time it takes from launch until service is ready, I believe it's around 6 months.
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Jim

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Yup...  that was the question.  Thought six months was more likely.  Just because it launches, doesn't mean we'll see instantaneous improvement...
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Alex, Viasat Corporate Communications

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There's still some stuff to work out but an agreement was signed today in French Guiana that should lead to the spaceport reopening soon!
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Great news Alex!  Hopefully things will be going smoother than they have been.  It's been an unbelievable set of circumstances that has prevented that satellite from launching.   Full steam ahead!