I was told a new satellite was being put up first of the year to improve service. Did that happen or is it going to?

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bob prescott

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J S

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The satellite was ready to launch and on the launch pad but then the French Guyanese had the bright idea of blockading the space port and shutting it down to protest.

It seems that they're angry at the French administration. It seems they want to be like venezuela instead with a murder rate 10 times higher and an economy so destroyed that people earn 100 dollars per year.
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Jim

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That's one way to look at it I suppose.  Here's another, less biased view on a country that is still being treated like a colony and is looking for independence.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/general-strike-paralyses-french-guiana-170327211722833.html
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Gary Michalosky

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The launch of ViaSat-2 has been scheduled for April 25th.  Don't expect any changes in your current service for at least 4 or more months due to the new satellite having to position itself up in the "Clarke Belt" and more than likely ViaSat has to test it.  

This is one of the sites to keep an eye on their progress..

https://www.viasat.com/newsroom
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Jim

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Brad, Viasat Employee

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While we are closely monitoring the situation in French Guiana, our satellite is safe from protesters and we anticipate a launch soon. As for customers anticipating ViaSat 2's benefits, this hasn't delayed much from the product launch. It takes some time after the physical launch to get the satellite operational in space. We have some testing to conduct, we need to make sure it's properly positioned and everything and that all will take some time before the floodgates are open. I think the 2 links above by Gary and Jim is a great resource for those interested in the status of our launch.
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Jim

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FYI, the spaceflightnow link is showing "May" as of now.  It was "June" a couple of weeks ago.  
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Levi Hill

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