Viasat 2 2019

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Do you guys think VS2 will arrive in 2019 because it’s about that time to change to another different plan I’m not complaining or anything I just saying it will be better to get it then. VS1 is a workable service for me...
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Will Viasat 2 has been around for several months now. Due to antenna issues though, it didnt reach it projected potential in terms if performance or coverage area.

Did you by chance mean to say Viasat 3?
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No I’m talking about VS2 I’m still on VS1 so it’s not available in my area I can’t even upgrade my plans so how it’s been in several of months
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With the ongoing antenna issues with VS2, don't expect any  new plans to show up in your area. Many of the area of the US do not have access to the VS2 satellite, including where I live. There is no way that Viasat can send a crew to the satellite to fix the antenna problems, at 22,500 miles above the equator, it just is not feasible to service VS2. 
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If you dont have Viasat-2 now, you never will. We will never know the extent of the damage the antenna issue has caused, but Viasat had to prove losses of $185 million to get the insurance payment. That isnt chump change.
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Ohh so they did a horrible job when VS2 came out
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The antenna issue was unforeseen.  It's not like they can repair the damage that occurred, so they can only do so much.  
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So when VS3 is coming out
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2020
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Back in the good old days, Viasat could have paid that $185 million to NASA to have a space shuttle crew do a repair.
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I suggested that before, but I guess Viasat-2 is too high in orbit even for the good ole days.

But they did fix the Hubble.
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True, but the Hubble is just a tad bit lower.  Just a tad.  About 21,900 miles.  :) 
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Highest space shuttle altitude was about 390 miles...

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Where is a Saturn V when you need one to get the astronauts up to that height!
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There are still existing Energia components.  The Energia was close to the Saturn V in power.  Maybe ViaSat could borrow one.  Make it a day trip!  They could have tea and crumpets midway.  LOL.  

In all seriousness, though, that's the scary thing about satellite related products.  I have no doubt that when one goes up the company who paid for it and/or will be utilizing it chews their nails heartily until it's in place and running.  I can't imagine everything depending on one thing that can have so much go wrong.  Talk about nerve wracking.    
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That is for sure. Especially with new technology. Hopefully they found the root cause of the deployment issue so it won't happen again. Was it a design issue that was exploited by the vibration of the launch? Did a meteor get stuck somewhere in it? Did aliens sabotage it? We as consumers will not know, but I am sure Viasat will do everything it can not to make the same mistake twice.

On the bright side, it didnt explode on launch or end up fully dead!
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Is Viasat still better than Hughesnet Gen 5 even with the problem with the satellite?
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It depends on where you live.
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Location, location, location.

A Viasat-2 high density beam can outperform Hughesnet. The problem is those high density beams are limited in coverage.
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They are still slowly rolling out the service across the country. I forget the exact numbers but somewhere around 10% of the bandwidth was allocated to the consumer sector. They have taken a few financial hits. The military's plans to those new WGS Satellites has had an effect. While there is an issue with the satellite the base stations have mostly made up for the related deficit. With a number of financial opportunities they were banking on drying up they have to conserve their badwidth for potential new opportunities. The consumer market does not represent a high profit base and from an investor stand point its not a great time for business.