Sunday, April 30, 2023

ViaSat-3 brings terabit class switching to geostationary orbit

SpaceX successfully launched ViaSat-3 Americas satellite to geostationary orbit aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Also on board this mission was Astranis's first MicroGEO satellite and Gravity Space’s GS-1 satellite. 

ViaSat-3 Americas is the first of three geostationary satellites that will form a new constellation. Each of the satellites offers over 1 Tbps of onboard switching capacity with the ability to redirect bandwidth as needed. Each of the satellites in the upcoming ViaSat-3 global constellation is expected to be able to temporarily concentrate capacity at geographic points of demand, reducing coverage to places that need less capacity. Enormous solar panels will offer 25 kilowatts of power.

ViaSat-3 also features anti-jamming capabilities for government and defense applications.

"That additional capacity gives us all kinds of leverage to grow the business and provide even better services on the commercial side, and the military and defense side as well,” said Craig Miller, president of Viasat’s government services segment. “The ViaSat-3 constellation will give us global capability and opens the door to a wider variety of government missions.”

“Jamming is highly successful and commonly used in war time,” Miller said. “ViaSat-3 is designed to be incredibly difficult to disrupt. So you’re going to have a system that has a large amount of capacity that is designed to work even when our adversaries are trying to make it stop working. That’s really important, and it will set ViaSat-3 apart from basically all other systems. ViaSat-3 is expected to outperform even some purpose-built military satellites in that regard. That’s a really exciting capability.”

ViaSat-3’s ground network will be composed of hundreds of Satellite Access Nodes (SANS), ensuring redundancy.

SpaceX noted that one of the side boosters on this mission previously supported Arabsat-6A, STP-2, COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2, KPLO, and three Starlink missions, and the second previously supported launch of Arabsat-6A and STP-2.

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SES launches 2 more O3b mPOWER satellites

SES confirmed the successful launch of two additional O3b mPOWER satellites aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The second pair of O3b mPOWER satellites will join the first two satellites launched in December 2022, which have arrived at their target medium earth orbit (MEO) and are currently undergoing in-orbit check out. 

The O3b mPOWER initial constellation consists of 11 high-throughput satellites built by Boeing. 

O3b mPOWER commercial service is expected to begin in the third quarter of 2023. Key customers who have signed up for the next-gen system include Microsoft, Princess Cruises, Marlink, Jio Platforms, Orange, Claro Brasil, Vodafone Cook Islands, the Government of Luxembourg (subject to parliamentary approval) and the newly-announced CNT Ecuador.

“Today we are closer to delivering our promise of a new era of connectivity. Our team has been working with more than 30 technology partners to prepare the O3b mPOWER space and ground segments to offer the differentiated and high-perfomance services that our customers need to run their operations,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES. “We have already rolled out and tested O3b mPOWER terminals over the existing O3b constellation, and are delighted to hear positive customer feedback about their increased reliability and performance, as well as the ease of self-installation, activation, and maintenance.”

“It’s been an incredible journey with an exceptional and dedicated team at the Boeing satellite factory, and an invaluable partnership with SES,” said Michelle Parker, vice president of Space Mission Systems at Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “As we near completion on the remaining satellites, we’re excited to showcase on-orbit how our fully flexible 702X payload architecture allows operators to adapt to changing business needs and reallocate resources instantly.”

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AIOps, which is the application of artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, such as natural language processing and machine learning models, to automate and streamline operational workflows in IT and network operations.

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