Innovation & Industry Firsts at ViaSat

Innovation & Industry Firsts at ViaSat

ViaSat technical staff are true thought leaders in the industry and have a long record of new ideas that become long term business successes. Here is a sampling of those accomplishments since 2001.


2013 World Technology Network Award for Innovation in Communications.
Arthur C. Clarke Foundation 2013 Innovator Award to CEO Mark Dankberg
Named to DefenseNews Top 100
Launched Exede® Voice, becoming the first satellite Internet service provider to offer U.S. residential telephone service
Announced next generation ViaSat-2 (scheduled for mid-2016 launch) with an unparalleled mix of capacity and coverage, doubling the bandwidth economics of ViaSat-1 while simultaneously offering seven times the coverage
Achieved over $1 billion in annual revenues for the first time
Demonstrated first high-performance Ka-band satellite communication system for beyond line-of-sight broadband for rotary wing aircraft, providing data rates of 4 Mbps from the helicopter to a ground station and 8 Mbps to the helicopter
Exede Internet earns 2013 Edison award from internationally renowned Edison Universe organization, which recognizes systems and services that are at the forefront of innovation
Sets Guinness World Records Title for the Highest Capacity Satellite, ViaSat-1
FCC Report ranks Exede Satellite Internet best in delivering advertised speeds among all ISPs - first time satellite is included in the report


Popular Science names ViaSat-1 and Exede one of its “Best of What’s New” for 2012

Creation and launch of ViaSat-1 named the 15th most significant milestone in the satellite industry over the past 25 years through a survey of SSPI membership.

2012 Industry Innovator award from the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) for our high-capacity satellite system, featuring ViaSat-1

Completed nationwide rollout of Exede by ViaSat, the fastest consumer satellite broadband ever, with a baseline 12 Mbps for downloads.


Successfully launched ViaSat-1, the highest capacity satellite in the world. The 140 Gbps satellite offers more total capacity than the combined throughput of all other communication satellites over North America.

High-capacity Ka-band satellite communication system selected as a finalist in the Telecommunications category of the Institution of Engineering and Technology 2011 Innovation Awards.

Eutelsat KA-SAT, the first satellite to use the new ViaSat high-capacity satellite system design, and SurfBeam 2 ground system enters into service, marking the official beginning of a new-generation of fast, high-performance  satellite broadband service.

FY11 again establishes a new record for revenues of $802 million.

Selected to provide a next-generation Blue Force Tracking system (BFT-2) that can provides faster, more frequent for safer military operations, awards total over $120 million by fiscal year end (4-1-11).

Commenced operational performance testing of our next generation SurfBeam® 2 consumer satellite broadband network over KA-SAT, in anticipation of start of Eutelsat Tooway™ commercial services in June 2011.

Received inaugural Defense Security Service “Award of Excellence in Counterintelligence.”


FY10 establishes new company records in revenues, earnings, and new contract awards

Launch of Eutelsat KA-SAT, now the highest capacity satellite in space and the first satellite to use ViaSat's transformational Ka-band satellite system architecture

Won $47 million contract to build the ground system for 03b, which is planning to bring fiber-like satellite backbone service to the "other 3 billion" unserved populations through a new medium earth orbit satellite system

Entered optical communications market with introduction of of a family of FEC products for 100G optical transport

Announced development of first Ka-band in-flight broadband system with customer JetBlue

Production begins on MIDS JTRS, the first software defined radio version of the Link 16 tactical data link

First NSA-certified Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) satcom terminal with integrated Type 1 security

Space News Top 50 Space Companies, San Diego Magazine "11 Cool Companies"


FY09 establishes new company records in revenues, earnings, and new contract awards

Acquired Denver-based WildBlue Communications, the premier Ka-band satellite Internet service provider

Demonstrated next generation high-speed, high-volume "ViaSat-1" broadband experience at Satellite 2009 Exhibition and Conference

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for our new operations building

Washington Technology Top 100 Government Contractors

Successful demonstration of first encryption for UAV video links using our EnerLinks® DVA (Digital Video over Analog links) technology, including interoperability with the industry-standard ROVER™ video receiver


Deloitte Fast 50 Fastest Growing Companies in San Diego for the sixth year

CEO Mark Dankberg American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) "2008 Aerospace International Communications Award"

Space News Top 50 Space Companies

Defense News Fast Track 50

Defense News Top 100 Government Contractors

Named one of Best Places to Work in San Diego by San Diego Business Journal

Announced plans for ViaSat-1 Ka-band spot beam satellite, designed to be the world’s highest capacity broadband satellite when launched in 2011


Record revenues surpass $500 million for first time
SurfBeam® network system becomes the single most popular VSAT terminal ever as shipments top 500,000
Introduced first ruggedized Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) portable satellite terminal with integrated Type 1 information security
Launched ToowayTM first consumer/SME satellite service in Europe with strategic partner Eutelsat Communications
Listed on 200 Best Small Companies for the sixth time by Forbes
Space News Top 50 Space Industry Company
Selected by NSA to manufacture KG-200/201, first compact inline media encryptors for “data at rest” secure data storage


Comsat Laboratories wins development contract for first Space Communications Testbed (SCT) from NASA

Red Herring magazine names ViaSat to Small Cap 100 for innovative technology, growth, and profitability

First networks based on new DVB-S2 delivered as LinkStarS2 VSAT launches

Listed on 200 Best Small Companies for the fifth time by Forbes


$70 million MIDS production order is largest ever
Named Top 100 Federal Prime Contractor by Washington Technology for first time
Development begins on MIDS JTRS, a new programmable product in the military push for software defined radios
KG-250/250A Network Encryptor NSA certification; first implementation of PSIAM architecture; AFCEA Golden Link Award winner
US Monolithics introduces first integrated Ka-band transceiver
First Ku-band airborne broadband terminals to pass flight testing as ViaSat product begins operation on business jets as SKYLink
Named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list of 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America.
Named VSAT market share growth leader in China and India


First spread spectrum CDMA VSAT technology (C2OTM, SKYLink) with ArcLight system development completion

Ranked 8th on Business 2.0 .100 Fastest Growing Tech Companies
CEO Mark Dankberg named Satellite Executive of the Year by Via Satellite magazine


SurfBeam is first DOCSIS®-based Consumer Broadband Terminal
Skyplex for Eutelsat is first Ka-band terminal
SKYLink Airborne Satellite Terminal for ARINC is first Ku-band broadband service for business jets
LVT(1) and LVT (2) Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) terminals complete qualification testing
Design and production begins for the Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM), first high speed modem using commercial technologies for the military


First airborne broadband terminal ships for Connexion by Boeing


Acquisition of Comsat Labs, premier satellite technology development house, from Lockheed Martin

New LinkStar broadband VSAT introduced


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