ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Boeing (NYSE: BA) have completed preliminary design review (PDR) for the first two ViaSat-3 class satellites, the companies said.
ViaSat said concluding PDR is the first critical milestone toward confirming the ViaSat-3 satellites and will satisfy performance specifications and requirements when operating on orbit. Completion of this step allows ViaSat and Boeing to begin detailed design work on each satellite. The first flight hardware is on schedule to arrive in ViaSat´s Tempe, Arizona satellite integration facility in late 2017. The first ViaSat-3 class satellite is expected to launch in 2019.
For each ViaSat-3 class satellite, ViaSat will build the satellite payload, integrate the payload into the Boeing-provided payload module and test the integrated payload. Boeing will provide the scalable 702 satellite platform, system integration and test, launch vehicle integration and mission operations services.
ViaSat, Inc. is a global broadband services and technology company that ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access whether on the ground or in-flight.