Arianespace and ViaSat reach agreement on schedule assurance
Arianespace announced today that it has reached agreement with ViaSat on a renegotiation of its launch services agreement that will secure launch capability for the ViaSat-1 high-capacity satellite should the need arise. The agreement also applies advanced payments made under the ViaSat-1 launch services agreement to a potential future ViaSat satellite launch by Arianespace.
“Arianespace is committed to the success of ViaSat and as such is pleased to provide enhanced schedule assurance for their future satellite payloads,” said Arianespace Chairman and CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall.
“Arianespace is a world class supplier and they will be in a leading position for future satellite projects, should we decide to pursue them,” said Tom Moore, president of ViaSat Satellite Holdings. “They are also a great partner to have for any schedule contingency on our ViaSat-1 launch.”
Arianespace is the world’s leading launch Service & Solutions company, delivering innovative offer to its customers since 1980. Backed by its 23 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace proposes an unrivalled launcher family, comprising Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega, and an international workforce renowned for their culture of commitment and excellence. As of May 1, 2009, Arianespace had launched a total of 267 payloads, including more than half of all the commercial satellites now in service worldwide. It has a backlog of more than 20 Ariane 5 and 10 Soyuz launches, equal to 3 years of business.
ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies and products to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. ViaSat also offers design capabilities and a number of complementary products including monolithic microwave integrated circuits and modules, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression, and mobile satellite antenna systems. www.viasat.com