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I was lied to by the saleman and customer service. I have been with Excede / WildBlue since August of 2015 and i was promised by customer service that by March of 2016 there would be a plan avalable for $69 a month unlimited internet (No Datacap). Here it is now June 2016 and this plan doesn't show on their site as being available, nor is it even offered anymore. If i knew then what i do now i never would have gone with this company in the first place. Honor is a biggie in my book, I don't find these people very honorable.
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Jeffery Melhorn

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Up until June 28,2015 the tentatively scheduled launch for ViaSat-2 was early 2016. However on that date, SpaceX suffered a catastrophic failure of one of its Falcon 9 vehicles shortly after lift off - a RUD (Rapid Unexpected Disassembly) as Elon Musk has taken to calling them or in other words it went boom!

SpaceX didn't even return to flight until December 2015. While ViaSat-2 wasn't scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9, the Falcon Heavy program was subsequently delayed since it amounts to 3 Falcon 9 rockets (apparently duct taped together).

In February, ViaSat announced they had dropped Spacex in favor of Arianespace and the tentative launch is now early 2017. Once launched and in orbit there is some additional time required to actually place the satellite in service - so mid 2017 is probably a more realistic estimate at this time and you won't be seeing any reliable details regarding new plan offerings until the launch date is set in stone (or at least has an actual launch date or window other than To Be Determined) .

In hindsight, ViaSat appears to have made a good decision in switching to Arianespace since the latest estimate for just the Falcon Heavy demo flight is now around November and ViaSat was originally scheduled for the second or third commercial launch after that. Add to that further delays as SpaceX attempts to perfect its booster recovery options, those too could have some impact on the Falcon Heavy program - yet another RUD a few days ago but only for recovery not actual launch.

The Arianespace track record suggests it's a better bet against further delays. The only certainty is that ViaSat-2 isn't going anywhere without a ride.

If you want to keep tabs on the scheduled launch as it approaches see:

http://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/

They're pretty good at it but as of right now I see no specific mention of an Arianespace/ViaSat launch. If lucky maybe Boeing will have the satellite ready and ViaSat can take advantage of a mission scrubbed because its payload isn't ready.

I'm tempted to say, Cmon man it's not rocket science but of course it is in this case.  
 
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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This is very true. We had every intention of being geared up to see ViaSat 2 up in the air by now but due to delays we had to switch carriers. Unfortunately we don't own any rockets or anything to do it ourselves so we have to use a carrier to get our satellite up in the air. But yeah to answer "why isn't it up now?" "how much longer" "why don't you know a date now"...to put it lightly It's literally Rocket Science. We are strongly looking end of the year but things like weather and stuff like that can delay it but we don't at this time have any reason to believe we'll see any delays.

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