High Capacity Satellite Launch Delayed To The Dismay Of Rural Satellite Internet Service Providers

The launch of the newest broadband internet satellite has been delayed a third time. ViaSat-1, a $400 million satellite that was supposed to bring the internet to rural areas had to delay its latest launch due to a flight control configuration error in a Russian communication satellite that was set to launch on August 18. While this latest delay may be frustrating for satellite internet service providers and their customers, the events which have caused this failure to launch are out of the satellite company’s control.  However, final clearance for launch is expected next week. Once the satellite reaches orbit, it will take 6 weeks before internet service can be offered. But the speeds it will offer may be well worth the wait: ViaSat-1′s download speeds will be between two and ten megabits per second.