Innovation + Industry Firsts

Our people are true thought leaders in our markets, with a long history of new ideas that become long-term business successes. Here is a sampling of those accomplishments since Viasat was founded in 1986.


Facebook and Viasat team up to accelerate the rollout of Community Wi-Fi and expand internet options in rural Mexico.

Viasat introduces residential service in Mexico to help connect millions who lack access to reliable broadband internet.

Viasat signed contracts for the launch of its three ViaSat-3 satellites with Arianespace, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance. The first of the trio is expected to launch in 2021.

Viasat enabled broadband access in Spain, potentially connecting the more than 10 million people there who lack access to the minimum recommended download speed of 30 Mbps.

Viasat gained FAA approval to install its Ka-band in-flight connectivity system on super midsize cabin business jets.

American Airlines offers Apple Music subscribers free streaming on domestics flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi.

Viasat contracted to deliver and test the first-ever Link 16-capable LEO spacecraft, intended to enhance communications for U.S. and allied military forces across the global battlespace.

The Disability Equality Index recognized Viasat as one of the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

Fortune ranks Viasat number 12 on its ‘Change the World’ list for making a positive social impact through its core business activities.

Viasat was named Global Satellite Business of the Year at Euroconsult’s 2019 Awards for Excellence in Satellite Communications.

Viasat introduced its second-generation Ku-/Ka-band shipset for the commercial wide-body aircraft market, enabling worldwide roaming connectivity.

China Satcom and Viasat partner to expand in-flight connectivity in Asia and one of the largest aviation market in the world.

Viasat opens offices in Sao Paulo and Brasilia, Brazil as it continues expanding internet across the country.

Viasat and telecom wholesaler Ubix partner in Mexico to connect schools, clinics and government sites that historically had no or very poor connectivity.

Glassdoor ranked Viasat 27th among its 2020 Best Places to Work.

For the first time, Viasat’s Government Systems division moved past the $1 billion mark in annual revenue.

Viasat announced its Real-Time Earth (RTE) service provided ground station service support (from two of its U.S. ground stations: Georgia and Hawaii) to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems’ (GA-EMS) Orbital Test Bed (OTB) satellite.


Brazilian telecommunications company Telebras enters agreement with Viasat to bring internet to country’s unconnected communities and facilities.  

Launched ViaSat-2 nationwide service, with unlimited data plans in some areas.

Aviation Week selected ViaSat-2 satellite for its Network Laureate Award, honoring extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena.  

SES Networks selected Viasat phased array flat panel antenna for the O3b mPOWER satellite communications system.  

Viasat announced plans to bring affordable Community Wi-Fi service to millions of unconnected people in Mexico.  

National Security Agency authorized Viasat’s Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted (BATS-D) device for use by international forces. The BATS-D radio provides real-time air/ground situational awareness.  

CEO Mark Dankberg inducted into CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for contributions to the global communications industry.  

Viasat reached 1,000 commercial aircraft flying globally with its in-flight connectivity system, recognized by third parties as the best service in the global market.  


Jet Blue becomes the first airline to offer free Wi-Fi connectivity on every aircraft using Viasat’s in-flight entertainment system.  

Delivered first National Security Agency-certified100 Gbps Type 1 Ethernet encryptor, designed to deliver and protect classified government data at the highest security standards.  

Using Viasat’s in-flight system, Icelandair became first airline to offer high-speed connectivity and internet streaming on transatlantic flights.

Launched ViaSat-2, the world's most advanced, highest capacity communications satellite.  

Viasat named Global Operator of the Year at World Satellite Business Week 2017 Conference.  

Viasat and Boeing begin construction on first two ViaSat-3 Satellites.  

Viasat unveiled global master brand and logo, consolidating Exede consumer internet, Yonder Ku-band aviation service and other products under the Viasat master brand.  


The United States Defense Information Systems Agency awarded Viasat a contract to provide global in-flight broadband and communications services on VIP and special air mission government aircraft.  

Awarded Top Aeronautical Mobility SATCOM Innovation for our commercial in-flight internet service by Mobile Satellite Users Association.  

Began construction on first two Viasat-3 class satellites, targeted for Americas and EMEA regions, with delivery expected in 2019.

Agreed to create a joint venture with Eutelsat to expand the operator's wholesale broadband business and launch a new consumer retail service in Europe using KA-SAT, Eutelsat's high capacity broadband satellite. 


Introduced the fastest home satellite internet service in the U.S. with the new Exede WiFi Modem and a 25 Mbps plan.

First single-port 100 Gbps encryption device designed to scale from 10 to 40 to 100 Gbps.

Began development of Viasat-3 class of satellites, with the intention to provide global high-capacity satelllite broadband services.

MLB Advanced Media signed by partner JetBlue to stream live games and content to airline passengers, which is enabled only by Exede In The Air service.

Virgin America airlines signed to use Exede® In The Air; first to use hybrid Ku/Ka dual-band in-flight internet service.

Acquired Engreen to rapidly create, deploy and manage services in Viasat’s Flexible Broadband System.

North Carolina’s Piedmont Railway is first to install Viasat Managed Wi-Fi® on trains to provide free passenger Wi-Fi.

Exede In The Air enabled first-of-its-kind airline sponsorship deal to provide free Amazon Prime streaming on JetBlue flights.

Honored with Duane Roth Renaissance Award for innovation.

Expanded high-speed networking security portfolio with the acquisition of EAI Design Services.

Recognized as one of Washington Technology's Top 100 and Defense News Top 100 global Defense Companies.

Named San Diego Healthiest Company Winner, Mega Category by San Diego Business Journal.

Introduced the Flexible Broadband System with Boeing, to bring a new level of flexibility, high-capacity, and affordability to service providers worldwide.

Received Excellence in Avionics, Crystal Cabin and Via Satellite Excellence awards for Exede In The Air.

SSPI Hall of Fame inducted Chairman & CEO Mark Dankberg for satellite industry vision and leadership.


Exede Internet ranked #1 ISP for delivering advertised speed by the FCC 2014 Measuring Broadband America report for second consecutive year.

Named to Defense News Top 100 and Space News Top 50.

EL AL agreed to be first European customer for Exede In The Air.

Extended Wi-Fi capabilities through acqusition of NetNearU.

Provided Exede Enterprise satellite services for PGA TOUR Farmers Insurance Open course-wide operations.

Won a $100 million settlement from SSL for breach and patent infringement relating to groundbreaking invention of the Viasat-1 high-capacity satellite system.

Named San Diego Healthiest Large Company by San Diego Business Journal.

Named North American Ka-band Technology Leader by Frost & Sullivan. 


Recipient of the World Technology Network Award for Innovation in Communications.

Mark Dankberg receives Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Innovator Award.

Named to Defense News Top 100 and Space News Top 50.

Launched Exede Voice, becoming the first satellite ISP to offer U.S. residential telephone service.

Announced next generation Viasat-2, designed to offer an unparalleled mix of capacity and coverage, with double the bandwidth economics and seven times the coverage of Viasat-1.

Achieved over $1 billion in annual revenues for the first time.

Demonstrated first high-performance Ka-band SATCOM for rotary wing aircraft, with data rates of 4 Mbps to a ground station and 8 Mbps to a helicopter.

Exede Internet earned 2013 Edison award from internationally renowned Edison Universe, recognizing systems and services at the forefront of innovation.

Set Guinness World Records title for the Highest Capacity Satellite, Viasat-1.

FCC report ranked Exede Internet best in delivering advertised speeds among all ISPs; first time satellite is included in the report.


Popular Science named Viasat-1 and Exede service to 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.

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

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


Launched Viasat-1, the highest capacity satellite in the world, carrying 140 Gbps capacity, more than all other communication satellites over North America.

High-capacity Ka-band satellite system named 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 Viasat high-capacity satellite system design, and SurfBeam® 2 ground system entered into service, to offer a new generation of fast, high-performance satellite broadband service.

Selected to provide a next-generation Blue Force Tracking system (BFT-2) to provide faster, more frequent updates for safer military operations.

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


Eutelsat launched KA-SAT, the first satellite to use Viasat's transformational Ka-band satellite system architecture.

Won $47 million contract to build the ground system for 03b, designed to bring fiber-like satellite backbone service to the "other 3 billion" unserved populations through a MEO satellite system.

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

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

Began production on MIDS JTRS, the first software defined radio version of the Link 16 tactical data link.

Received first NSA-certified, Type 1 Security Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) SATCOM terminal for Inmarsat.

Named to Space News Top 50 Space Companies and San Diego Magazine "11 Cool Companies" lists.


Acquired Denver-based WildBlue Communications, a premier Ka-band satellite internet service provider.

First demonstrated the next generation high-speed, high-volume "Viasat-1" broadband experience at Satellite 2009 Exhibition and Conference.

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

Named a Washington Technology Top 100 Government Contractor. 

Successfully demonstrated first encryption for UAV video links using the Viasat EnerLinks® DVA (Digital Video over Analog links) technology.


Recognized as a Deloitte Fast 50 Fastest Growing Companies in San Diego for the sixth year.

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

Named to Space News Top 50 Space Companies and Defense News Fast Track 50 and Top 100 Government Contractor lists.

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



Revenues surpass $500 million for first time.

SurfBeam network system became the single most popular VSAT terminal ever with shipments topping 500,000.

Introduced first ruggedized Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) portable satellite terminal with integrated Type 1 information security.

Launched Tooway™ first consumer/SME satellite service in Europe with strategic partner Eutelsat.

Listed on Forbes Magazine 200 Best Small Companies for the sixth time.

Honored as a Space News Top 50 Space Company.

Selected by NSA to manufacture KG-200/201, first compact inline media encryptors for “data at rest” secure data storage.


Comsat Laboratories division won development contract for first Space Communications Testbed (SCT) from NASA.

Named to Red Herring Small Cap 100 for innovative technology, growth, and profitability.

Launched first networks based on new DVB-S2 LinkStarS2 VSAT.

Listed on Forbes Magazine 200 Best Small Companies for the fifth time.


Secured $70 million MIDS production order, the largest order at the time.

Recognized as a Top 100 Federal Prime Contractor by Washington Technology for first time.

Development began on MIDS JTRS, a new programmable product in the military push for software defined radios.

KG-250/250A Network Encryptor obtained NSA certification, the first implementation of PSIAM™ architecture and was named AFCEA Golden Link Award winner.

US Monolithics introduced first integrated Ka-band transceiver.

First Ku-band airborne broadband terminals passed flight testing as Viasat product began operation on business jets as SKYLink.

Named to Deloitte Technology Fast 500 list of 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America.

VSAT market share growth leader in China and India.


Completed development of first CDMA VSAT technology, known as the ArcLight system.

Ranked 8th on Business 2.0 100 Fastest Growing Tech Companies.

Mark Dankberg named Satellite Executive of the Year by Via Satellite magazine.


First delivered SurfBeam DOCSIS®-based Consumer Broadband Terminal.

Introduced Skyplex for Eutelsat, the first Ka-band terminal provided byViasat.

Delivered ARINC SKYLink Airborne Satellite Terminal to provide first Ku-band broadband service for business jets.

Completed qualification testing for LVT(1) and LVT (2) MIDS terminals.

Design and production began for the Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM), the first high-speed modem to use commercial technologies for the military.


Shipped first airborne broadband terminals for Connexion by Boeing®.


Acquired Comsat Labs, the premier satellite technology development house, from Lockheed Martin.

Introduced LinkStar broadband VSAT system.


Acquired  VSAT and Antenna Systems groups from Scientific-Atlanta.

Offered LinkWay Multiprotocol Mesh VSAT.

Spun off Trellisware, to develop self-forming MANET networking technologies.


Introduced first Viasat MIDS LVT Link-16 terminal.

Relocated to new Carlsbad, California campus with opening of first three buildings.


Introduced Viasat IP Crypto device.

Unveiled First MiniDAT wireless data acquisition terminal.

Added Calypso low-cost terminal to StarWire product line.


First delivered Viasat eMail tactical channel messaging software.

Introduced the VDC-400 personal data controller.


Developed first Link-16 prototype terminal.

SHF DAMA network terminal added to government tactical SATCOM products.

Offered Embeddable INFOSEC card.

Viasat IPO in December – began to trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol VSAT.


Provided first communication simulation and test system delivered for avionics testing.

Introduced 3-card UHF DAMA modem module for the AN/PSC-5 manpack.

Offered portable S-band automated receive terminal or "STAR".

Announced StarWire (originally dB-Net), Viasat's first commercial satellite networking system.


Introduced first advanced Data Controller, the VDC-100.


Delivered first MD-1324(c)/U UHF DAMA modem (orginally called the VM-200).


Developed first UHF DAMA system in integrated network control system (INCS).


Delivered first product: The VTS-3000 SATCOM test system.


Viasat Inc. founded by Mark Dankberg, Steve Hart, and Mark Miller.