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Mission type  Communication
SATCAT no.  37843
Bus  LS-1300
Orbit height  35,776 km
Period  24 hours
Launch site  Baikonur Cosmodrome
COSPAR ID  2011-059A
Mission duration  15 years
Launch date  19 October 2011
Speed on orbit  3.07 km/s
Manufacturer  SSL
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Operator  Isle of Man ViaSat-IOM/ManSat
Similar  ViaSat‑2, KA‑SAT, EchoStar XVII, QuetzSat 1, Ekspress AM4

Viasat high capacity satellite system featuring viasat 1

ViaSat-1 is a high throughtput communications satellite owned by ViaSat Inc. and Telesat Canada. Launched October 19, 2011 aboard a Proton rocket, it holds the Guinness record for the world's highest capacity communications satellite with a total capacity in excess of 140 Gbit/s, more than all the satellites covering North America combined, at the time of its launch.


ViaSat-1 is capable of two-way communications with small dish antennas at higher speeds and a lower cost-per-bit than any satellite before.

The satellite will be positioned at the Isle of Man registered 115.1 degrees West longitude geostationary orbit point, with 72 Ka-band spot beams; 63 over the U.S. (Eastern and Western states, Alaska and Hawaii), and nine over Canada.

The Canadian beams are owned by satellite operator Telesat and will be used for the Xplornet broadband service to consumers in rural Canada. The US beams will provide fast Internet access called Exede, ViaSat's satellite Internet service.

ViaSat-1 is part of a new satellite system architecture created by ViaSat Inc. The objective is to create a better satellite broadband user experience, making satellite competitive with DSL and wireless broadband alternatives for the first time.

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