Viasat’s Inmarsat-6 F2 satellite suffers power failure on way to orbital position; total loss feared

by Peter B. de Selding

TUPPER LAKE, NY — Viasat's Inmarsat-6 F2 satellite, launched in February, has suffered a power-system failure that may end its useful life and result in a $350 million insurance claim, industry officials said.

The event, which would be the first major satellite failure in London-based Inmarsat’s 40-plus-year history, would also be a rare stain on the reputation of the satellite’s prime contractor, Airbus Defence and Space, which has used its reliability record as a point of sale.

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