Satellite footprints

Wildblue-1 (KaStar-1, iSky-1, WB-1) at 111° West

Position:111° West
Manufacturer:Space Systems/Loral (SS/L)
Operator:Viasat, Inc.
Launch operator:Arianespace
Launch vehicle:Ariane 5ECA
Launch date:12/08/2006
Expected lifetime:15 Years

ViaSat is owner of the Wildblue-1 satellite after the acquisition of Wildblue in 2009 to expand ViaSat’s broadband Internet services. The launch was scheduled in 2001 but was delayed due to the 9/11 events. The economic impact on Wildblue was hard that resulted in a reorganization. The project was suspended and the satellite was put in storage at satellite manufacturer Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).

Wildblue restarted business in 2003 after a 156 Million USD investment and leasing capacity on Anik-F2 of satellite operator Telesat in Canada.

The satellite was launched on December 8th, 2006 on an Ariane 5 launch vehicle operated by launch operator Arianespace in a dual launch with AMC-18 for satellite operator SES Americom (SES).


Wildblue-1 (KaStar-1, iSky-1, WB-1) at 111° West

Wildblue-1 satellite under construction
Ariane 5 ready for launch
Arianespace launching Wildlblue-1
Wildblue-1 satellite in orbit

Wildblue-1 (KaStar-1, iSky-1, WB-1) at 111° West

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