Viasat 2 antenna glitch

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Can we get an update or explnantion of the outcome of the antenna glitch? It was mentioned in January’s conference call and now it’s like it never happened. Nobody wants to talk about it. What was the final outcome?
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Nathan Hart

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So the whole issue is that a reflector did not completely open to the full travel? 
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Jab

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RE: "whole issue"

Correct, solar reflector did not fully open....full power is only needed when all capacity is utilized...but, VS-2 can use same frequency band as what LEO satellites might use, if they get off the ground. 

Keep in mind this

August 23, 2017 - ViaSat-2 will have a throughput capacity of about 300 Gbps. Here’s a look at the capacity of our previous satellites:

Anik F2: 2 Gbps
WildBlue-1: 7 Gbps
ViaSat-1: 140 Gbps
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Currently, ViaSat-2 has abut 260 Gbps possible, but if a LEO system becomes operational, this will reduce full usage as each LEO bird "crosses" a given Viasat beam.  Downlink transmission will have to be shut-off during this LEO passage.

Also, the newer TRIA and Afterburner modem must be used on VS-2, due to frequency usage on "LEO's" bandwidth.  Afterburner modem has a quad core CPU with beamforming
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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Official Response
Hi Nathan,

Thanks for asking about ViaSat-2. We have openly talked about the ViaSat-2 satellite antenna issue. In fact, what you heard during our Q3 FY18 Earnings conference call is that despite the issue, ViaSat-2 service is launching nationwide in February – that has not changed. 

 Specific to the antenna – we’re continuing to work with Boeing to characterize the on-orbit performance in order to rectify the issue. And on the Earnings call,our CEO confirmed that we expect the ViaSat-2 satellite and ground network will produce at least 260 Gbps of capacity, which is at least 2x the useful bandwidth as compared to the ViaSat-1 satellite. 

 Hope that addresses your questions.
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Cameron Russell

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Viasats response lol ------- BUT WAIT VIASAT 3 LOL its always well we got this coming well just wait just hold on just a little longer while we get our heads out of our @$$es!

They took away Viasat 1 because they overloaded it selling 30gbps plans that get .5 down 
Then they took away selling WIFI from dealers as if this matters


Also what will they change their name to next????????