A space company will launch a new Internet satellite, which should be used in Alaska

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Arcturus, Astranis Space Technologies’ first MicroGEO satellite undergoing environmental testing. (Photo credit: Business Wire)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) — Astranis Space Technologies is preparing to launch its new satellite into orbit and plans to lease it exclusively to an Alaskan company.

Astranis says the first MicroGEO satellite is ready for launch following successful completion of final tests.

When the satellite enters service later this year, it will be leased exclusively to Alaska satellite provider Pacific Dataport Inc.

The company says this will have an immediate impact on bridging the state’s digital divide and that the MicroGEO satellite is expected to triple the state’s currently available satellite bandwidth.

They also aim to provide consumers with true broadband speeds and reliability at around half the cost of existing services.

Pacific Dataport CEO Chuck Schumann says they hear every day from people who live in very isolated places in the state, telling them how thirsty they are for fast and reliable high-speed internet service.

“Comprehensive, ubiquitous coverage of Alaska has been our core mission from the beginning, and Astranis is helping us achieve that,” Schumann said.

Arcturus, Astranis Space Technologies’ first MicroGEO satellite, is performing the final solar array deployment tests.

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