CARLSBAD, Calif. July 20, 2011 Kazakhstan ViaSat-1
The expected summer launch of ViaSat’s transformational Ka-band satellite was recently delayed when a solar array onboard the Telstar 14R communications satellite failed to fully deploy following its launch in May. Telstar 14R, like ViaSat-1, was built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) and uses many of the same solar array elements. An extensive, independent review of the solar array design, manufacturing, and operation was convened by SS/L, which resulted in a set of inspections, tests, and corrective actions for subsequent SS/L satellites, including ViaSat-1. That work is now complete on ViaSat-1 and the satellite has been declared ready for flight.
www.viasat.com/viasat-1-launch Monday, July 25
Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link.
Mark D. Dankberg
SOURCE ViaSat Inc.