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Arianespace to launch ViaSat-1
Washington D.C., December 4, 2008
Jean-Yves Le Gall, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, and Mark Dankberg, Chairman and CEO of ViaSat Inc., announced today in Washington, D.C. that they have signed the launch Service & Solutions contract for the ViaSat-1 satellite.
ViaSat-1, a high-capacity Ka-band spot beam satellite, is scheduled for launch by an Ariane 5 during the first half of 2011 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
ViaSat-1 will be dedicated to providing broadband Internet media services to consumers and businesses over North America. With a capacity estimated at 100 Gbps, ViaSat-1 is expected to be (at launch) the highest capacity satellite in the world. Built by Space Systems/Loral in Palo Alto, California, the satellite is expected to weigh approximately 6,000 kg. at launch.
This is the 86th launch contract won by Arianespace in the United States.
"Winning this contract from ViaSat confirms our ability to deliver top-quality launch services," said Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall. "Arianespace is proud of our contribution to ViaSat’s pioneering role in the deployment of new broadband services."
“The track record of Arianespace clearly shows how well they understand the importance of each launch and how to execute the very detailed and demanding schedules of these missions,” said Mark Dankberg, Chairman and CEO of ViaSat. “We are seeing a lot of anticipation in the marketplace for ViaSat-1, which is designed to deliver more capacity and a lower cost per bit than any satellite before.”
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative services and solutions to its customers since 1980. Backed by 23 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace offers an unrivaled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of commitment and excellence. As of 01 December 2008, Arianespace had launched a total of 263 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of nearly 25 Ariane 5 and 10 Soyuz launches, equal to more than 3 years of business.
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