ViaSat Inc. – Ground control to Major Contract
The last few weeks saw a pair of exciting announcements from ViaSat. The global communications company’s latest commercial communications satellite ViaSat-2, built by Boeing Satellite Systems International, reached a stable geostationary orbit above the earth in December. ViaSat-2 launched on June 1 2017 via the commercial space flight company Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre. The recently arrived satellite has the capability to move in orbit to where its coverage is most required and will provide high capacity satellite broadband over much of the Americas and the Atlantic.
Then on January 3 NATO awarded a contract to upgrade its Ultra-High Frequency satellite communications control systems to ViaSat. Over the course of the contract NATO will have its aging UHF network to ViaSat’s VISION (Visual Integrated Satcom Information, Operation and Network), a software package for planning and network management.
The VISION platform allows network operators to reconfigure UHF networks in real time to react to changing mission profiles in real time, the upgrade will mean that NATO’s satellite control stations will comply with Integrates Waveform baseline and will double the number of possible users allowing more warfighters to access reliable voice and data communications.
“We believe the ViaSat VISION platform will give NATO network operators more control over communications stations from a single terminal, simplifying operations and offering multi-site flexibility to ultimately increase the network readiness of the warfighter.” said Giovanni Battista Durando, Satcom service area owner for NATO Communications and Information Agency.
As the need for enhanced situational awareness of a growing battlespace continues the adaptability of VISION across current, legacy and next-generational system will allow NATO a wider range of options for scalability and communications interoperability.
Dominion holds ViaSat Inc. in its Global Trends Managed Fund.
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