For the second time this summer Viasat has seen a failure of efforts to grow its global satellite constellation. The I6-F2 satellite, launched in February by Inmarsat, “suffered a power subsystem anomaly during its orbit raising phase” and will not enter service as planned. The company, and manufacturer Airbus, are working to determine the cause of the failure and the overall impact to the mission.
The I6F2 failure announcement comes just six weeks after Viasat confirmed the failure of its ViaSat-3 Americas satellite to deploy the primary reflector. As with the ViaSat-3 failure, the company says it does not expect substantive impact to ongoing operations, based in large part on the availability of other satellites in orbit and under construction.
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Viasat notes that the manufacturing and launch costs are insured and that it expects a short term boost of its cash position as that claim is paid out.
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