What if I told you, you could stream an HD movie while on a flight from LA to London, uninterrupted, all on one satellite. One! Satellite! That's insane, I know.
There are over 1,400 active satellites in orbit. Right now. Each one was built for a unique purpose. Via-Sat 2 is one of the largest active geosynchronous communications satellite currently in space with the highest internet capacities. This behemoth weighs in at over fourteen thousand pounds (6,500kg), stands about 20 feet tall (6m) and has a wingspan of about 158 feet (48m); that's like the wingspan of a 767!
The Via-Sat 2 is one of the latest in satellite communication technology. It can provide 300 gigabits of service per second, with about 25mbps download speeds. That's enough to stream an ultra HD Netflix show from space.
It also helps that it's geostationary. It's always in the same place in the sky, blanketing a huge swath of the planet with the glory of internet. That glory, by the way, extends across North, Central, and the top of South America the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic Ocean! A priority of ViaSat is to provide high-speed internet to planes and ships, but it can also help people get broadband internet who live too far from good infrastructure.
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