What's the status of ViaSat-2?

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I can find several posts that there will be better data packages at more reasonable prices, with less congestion and lag. ALAS, I am still waiting,, but find no updates, just the promise of most of the data problems everyone seems to have, along with easing the congestion on beams, being fixed with VIASAT2. So any news on it?
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No more news than that which SpaceX will provide since ViaSat-2 is scheduled to be launched using the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The Falcon Heavy project was first announced somewhere around 2011 as I recall. No status updates on Boeing's construction of the satellite itself but it's not going anywhere without a ride.

The schedule has been pushed back numerous times since the Falcon Heavy is built on the Falcon 9 technology, which has suffered its own set of delays. Most recently, last June's catastrophic launch failure. It was only last month that the Falcon 9 program returned to flight.

The Falcon Heavy's demo flight is tentatively scheduled in the April/May 2016 time frame. After that the next launch of an Air Force payload is tentatively scheduled for September 2016. Only after that are the first commercial launches planned (Inmarsat and ViaSat) with only a non-specific time frame of late 2016. Remember that's just the launch and it will take some time to put ViaSat-2 into service after the launch so optimistically early 2017 before ViaSat-2 is in service.

Naturally all of this will hinge on further success of the Falcon 9 program (next launch scheduled for January 17). Any further delays or mishaps going forward with the Falcon 9 program will undoubtedly impact the Falcon Heavy schedule since Falcon 9's reusable launch technology is key to SpaceX success in bringing down the cost of payload launches.        

P.S. At the same time and while ViaSat-2 will increase capacity, be aware that much of that capacity will be targeting unserved areas in the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean. Some of has also been acquired by Xplornet for all residential Canadian capacity, while more of it will target transatlantic shipping and air routes. Any guesses as to new plans available are speculation at this point and details will likely be unavailable until the satellite is actually put into service.    

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Benjamin: ViaSat 2 will result in a great deal more bandwidth availability for new and existing Exede subscribers. While we haven't released any info about what the plans might be, the goal is to have enough data so that the average person doesn't have to worry about the cap. Speeds will likely be north of 50 Mbps. Remember, too, that once VS2 is online, it will start freeing up capacity on ViaSat-1. Since we're looking at a launch late this year and a few months to reach the orbital slot and get everything working, the newer plans should be available in 2017.
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I LOVE hearing this and cannot wait!

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