How fast is the new ViaSat-2 satellite, and other numbers


After a successful launch on June 1, our new satellite ViaSat-2 is sailing through space toward geostationary orbit. While the tricky work of injecting the satellite into its final orbital slot has just begun, now is a great time to take a deep breath and appreciate the machine we’ve just shot into the sky.

Here are some key stats that show just how large, complex, and cool ViaSat-2 really is.

  • 40 months – design and build time to complete ViaSat-2
  • $624 million – total cost to build ViaSat-2
  • 15+ years – intended lifespan of satellite
  • 23 miles – Amount of electrical wiring aboard the satellite
  • 14,149 pounds – launch mass of ViaSat-2
  • 158 feet – wingspan of ViaSat-2, including solar arrays
  • 8 kW – Solar array power generated
  • 300 Gbit/s – total data throughput of ViaSat-2
  • 22,236 miles – ViaSat-2’s orbital distance above the Equator
  • 69.9 degrees west longitude – ViaSat-2’s orbital slot location
  • 4 – number of satellites Viasat currently has in space, including WildBlue1, Anik-F2, ViaSat-1 and ViaSat-2