Viasat-3 Falcon Heavy launch end-December at earliest; Indonesian co-passenger seeks regulatory deadline extension

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — The launch of the first of three Viasat-3 terabit-per-second Ka-band broadband satellites for Viasat Inc. has slipped again, with SpaceX giving a “no earlier than” estimate of a Dec. 27 launch aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket, according to the regulatory agency representing the launch’s co-passenger.

The schedule slip caused Indonesia’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Kominfo, to return to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to request an extension of the deadline to start . . .

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