ViaSat, provider of Exede satellite broadband service, currently expects to launch the ViaSat-2 satellite in late 2016, the company announced during a recent investor conference. According to a report by Space News, the launch is going forward several months later than the originally planned date due to delays in preparing the launch system. ViaSat plans to use the new Falcon Heavy rocket from SpaceX, which now is to debut in May 2016. ViaSat also indicated that there have been delays in ViaSat-2’s construction by Boeing. If SpaceX experiences more delays, ViaSat says that it has back-up arrangements with Arianespace for a 2017 launch.
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