Viasat partners with Centre for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Business Australia to build Real-Time Earth ground station
High-speed internet enabler Viasat, which uses low-orbit satellites to beam WiFi connectivity around the globe, has announced that it’s building on its existing presence in Australia by creating a Real-Time Earth (RTE) facility in Alice Springs. The company will partner with the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CFAT), an aboriginal tech non-profit, and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), a commercially focused government authority, to do so. The IBA will offer financial support and commercial advice. According to a press release, the RTE facility will “bring affordability and reduced latency to earth observation and remote sensing applications.”
Viasat’s share price has increased by 42% so far this year
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Dr. Steve Rogers, CFAT’s CEO, made a statement about the collaboration, saying: “Working with Viasat and IBA on the development of the RTE facility demonstrates the capacity of CFAT to continue to contribute positively to technology and critical space advancements in outback Australia. The development will provide a positive contribution to the local economy through contract opportunities for local businesses during the facility construction phase, and ongoing employment opportunities for local Aboriginal people once operational—as the CFAT facilities management team will be providing on-going site maintenance.”
John Williams, Viasat’s vice president of Real-Time Earth, added: “Partnering with CFAT and IBA in Australia will enable us to build a state-of-the-art RTE ground station that will offer multiple benefits both locally and globally, from bringing new jobs and opportunities to the region to advancing how remote sensing data is delivered around the world. We are revolutionizing data delivery for LEO satellites, bringing affordability and lower latency communications to earth observation and remote sensing applications. The Alice Springs community will be a big part in our development and execution of these advancements.”
Dominion holds Viasat in its Global Trends Managed Fund.
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