ViaSat details ViaSat-2 satellite antenna defect work-around, brushes off Eutelsat ViaSat-3 divorce

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite broadband hardware and service provider ViaSat Inc. on May 24 said it would file an insurance claim for two defective Ka-band spot-beam antennas on its ViaSat-2 satellite by June but that the consequences on the satellite’s business plan will be minimal — even if the insurance claim is not.

Industry officials have speculated that ViaSat may ask ViaSat-2 underwriters to pay around $200 million for the glitch, which has forced ViaSat to tinker with its satellite Earth station network and take other measures to mitigate the problem . . .

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