Viasat-3 satellite suffers major antenna anomaly, upending Viasat Inc.’s growth plans; possible $420M insurance claim

by Peter B. de Selding

UPDATE July 12: This story has been updated to include Viasat Inc.'s statement about the antenna anomaly.

TUPPER LAKE, NY — The large Viasat-3 Americas Ka-band broadband satellite launched May 1 aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket has suffered a major anomaly in deployment of its Ka-band antenna and could cripple the satellite’s commercial viability, according to industry officials.

Launched May 1, Viasat-3 successfully reached geostationary orbit and deployed the antenna. But starting in late May, word began to spread throughout the . . .

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