The size/weight of the Viasat-3 Americas satellite launched on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy may not be what you thought

by Peter B. de Selding

LONDON— What was the launch mass of the 1-Tbps Viasat-3 Americas broadband satellite, successfully launched into geostationary orbit April 30 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket along with two much smaller satellites?

Estimates have ranged from 9,000 kilograms or more — similar to Hughes Network Systems’s coming 500-Gbps Jupiter 3 broadband satellite — to 6,000 kilograms, which is the approximate mass that Viasat Inc. gave for all three Viasat-3 satellites.

Even among satellite insurers . . .

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