Friday, 2 June 2017

ViaSat-2: Satellite goliath goes into orbit



The most powerful commercial broadband satellite ever built has just gone into orbit on an Ariane rocket.

 
ViaSat-2, which is to be stationed above the Americas, has a total throughput capacity of about 300 gigabits per second.


The spacecraft was part of a dual payload on the Ariane flight. It was joined by Eutelsat 172B, a UK/French-built platform to go over the Pacific.


Both satellites will be chasing the rampant market for wi-fi on aeroplanes.


Airlines are currently in a headlong rush to equip their fleets with connections that will allow passengers to use their mobile devices in mid-air.
More than 6,000 commercial aircraft worldwide were offering an onboard wi-fi service in 2016; it is expected more than 17,000 will be doing so by 2021.


In-flight internet has traditionally had a terrible reputation, but there is a feeling now that the latest technology really can give passengers a meaningful slice of bandwidth and at a competitive price.





BBC      News.