Viasat 2 Update. Problems with Antenna

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Sounds like there are troubles with the Viasat 2 Satellite. Some beams are not working as intended. Troubleshooting ongoing by Boeing and Viasat. Still planning on coming online in February. Google "Boeing investigating antenna glitch on ViaSat-2 satellite".
Here is the link
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Greg Ritz

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Posted 5 months ago

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Did I miss it? Don't see a link!
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The article also mentions the issue is not expected to have an impact on service.
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“some spot beams to perform differently than they did during ground testing.”
Initial measurements suggest the antenna problem “will not impact the coverage area of the satellite, or materially impact the planned services and the expected financial results from the ViaSat-2 system,” ViaSat said.
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A "material impact" is a legal definition that means it would break the contract between parties so not having a material impact just means it is working within acceptable limits as stated in the contract, but not to target. Hopefully this will not affect service to customers. It all depends if the beams in question would be in congested areas. It didn't sound like it would extend the rollout date. I have been living with horrible speeds during congested times so am really looking forward to some usable speeds.
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Probably the antenna for my beam with my luck :)
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VeteranSatUser - "nowhere close to what Exede could deliver on Viasat-1"

Exede-5  WB-1: Beam 163

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19.6 Mbps pointed at Wildblue 1? That's incredible.

Just another example of what proper traffic handling can manage.
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RE: 19.6 Mbps pointed at Wildblue 1?

Beam 163 was never fully populated, and being in Midwest (NE mostly), these folks go to bed by around 10PM during school days.  When aircraft service came overhead, this reduced primetime speeds, but during LNFZ and other off-hours, it zooms.

Below shows about a 13 Mbps flat-line download, after midnight, of some 1/2 Gig plus downloaded

 
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As stated, it all depends on the time and the beam.

Good speeds, unfortunately many beams at that time still < 3
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For those beams affected via aircraft traffic, this too will pass...aircraft will be transferred over to VS-2 in time...only select VS-2 beams are open...hence, when all beams are open, then aircraft traffic will be transferred over, most likely.