The launch of ViaSat-2, which was delayed by social unrest in South America, has been rescheduled for June 1.
ViaSat’s contractor, Arianespace, announced its new launch date on April 26 — one day after it was originally supposed to put ViaSat’s new satellite into orbit.
Arianespace launches satellites from French Guiana on the Atlantic coast north of Brazil. French Guianans took to the streets in March to protest crime and poverty in the overseas French territory. The protests closed the spaceport, and ViaSat announced in early April that the launch would be delayed. France finally agreed to provide a large amount of money to French Guiana, and protests quieted down.
ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) has high hopes for its new satellite, which will provide broadband service to much of North America.
Aribus Safran Launchers holds a majority stake in Arianespace.