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14 Aug 23. Viasat Real-Time Earth Opens Ground Station in Japan. Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), today announced the opening of a Real-Time Earth (RTE) ground station in Hokkaido, Japan, now enabling RTE customers the ability to downlink Ka-band payload data in the northwestern Pacific at the site hosted by RTE partner Infostellar. This new ground site gives RTE customers unique access to a strategic location that reduces the time it takes to deliver mission critical data. Viasat is establishing itself as a global leader in Ka-band support for low earth orbit (LEO) missions with its ability to downlink Ka-band payload data with a 7.3m full motion antenna at the Hokkaido site and is postured to support current and future government and commercial satellite programs. For Viasat, the Hokkaido ground station is a vital link in supporting high data rate remote sensing missions in polar and inclined orbits through the RTE network of Ka-band antenna systems.
“We’ve already proven our ability to rapidly integrate with a civilian space agency to receive Ka-band payloads over our fully automated commercial service and have multiple contracts with commercial satellite operators who understand the value proposition of Ka-band,” said Steve Tanous, vice president, Real-Time Earth at Viasat. “Ka-band more than triples the capacity available to downlink earth observation data, compared to traditional high data rate X-band, which translates into more effective and cost-efficient passes for satellite operators.”
Tom Pirrone, CEO of Infostellar U.S., Inc added, “Infostellar is very pleased that our partnership with Viasat RTE also now includes an RTE 7.3M S/X/Ka-band antenna at our hosting site in Taiki City located in the Hokkaido Prefecture. This new capability is already producing fruit for both Viasat and Infostellar clients. We look forward to the continued expansion of our partnership services as our companies continue to expand our reach in Japan and around the globe.”
The Viasat RTE Ka-band footprint now includes sites in Sweden, Ghana, South Africa, and Australia. RTE plans to expand the Ka-band capability with sites in Alaska and Argentina later this year. RTE offers global S/X-band services at all sites.
About Viasat Real-Time Earth
Viasat RTE provides Ground-Station-as-a-Service (GSaaS) capabilities in support of environmental, insurance, shipping, energy, and government operations. It is a fully managed, cost-effective ground network that is designed to enable operators with geosynchronous orbit (GEO), medium earth orbit (MEO) and low earth orbit (LEO) satellites using the S-, X- and Ka-bands, to meet current and future data requirements. Currently, Viasat’s RTE network operates on five continents, with sites in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Africa.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. With offices in 24 countries around the world, our mission shapes how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate and connect. Viasat is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, reliable, secure, affordable, fast connections to positively impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea, while building a sustainable future in space. On May 30, 2023, Viasat completed its acquisition of Inmarsat, combining the teams, technologies and resources of the two companies to create a new global communications partner. Learn more at www.viasat.com, the Viasat News Room or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.
Infostellar is a satellite ‘Ground Segment as a Service’ (GSaaS) provider. Infostellar provides flexible and scalable ground station services enabled by our cloud platform, ‘StellarStation’, which virtualizes ground station networks. Infostellar also provides support for the ground segment operations necessary for satellite operations, such as radio license acquisition and frequency coordination operations. By lowering the barriers to entry in the ground segment, Infostellar empowers new space businesses to build better missions and improve the quality of their service. Founded in 2016, Infostellar is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has offices in the U.K. and the U.S. For more information, visit https://www.infostellar.net
29 Aug 23. Hanwha Phasor exhibiting at DSEI for the first time. Satellite communications company Hanwha Phasor will be exhibiting at DSEI (Defence and Security Equipment International) 2023. DSEI is taking place from Tuesday 12th September – Friday 15th September at the ExCeL exhibition centre in London, and Hanwha Phasor will be exhibiting with Hanwha Aerospace on Stand H3-240.
A London based company, this is the first time that Hanwha Phasor will be exhibiting at DSEI and their stand will include the Phasor A7700, the satellite antenna specifically designed for use in both commercial and military aviation.
Since Hanwha Phasor’s move into the UK market three years ago, the business has invested £90 m and seen its number of employees rise from 9 to 90. As part of this expansion, Hanwha Phasor recently opened its new facility in Cambridge Science Park where their custom ASIC chip will be developed.
As world leaders in satellite communications technology this DSEI provides an opportunity for Hanwha Phasor to showcase their unique conformal, flat panel design which allows for undisrupted multi-orbit connectivity on the move – in flight, on land or at sea.
Alongside the business’ Phasor A7700, Hanwha Phasor will be discussing its wider portfolio of satellite communications options including man portable antenna and the business’ plans for wider satellite communication development for military and civilian applications. Hanwha Phasor will also discuss its close relationship with the Hanwha group and vital role they can play in the growth of UK sovereign space capabilities.
Hanwha Phasor comes to DSEI on the back of a successful Paris Airshow where the business first demonstrated the Phasor A7700 and held productive meetings with industry partners and stakeholders. DSEI is an opportunity to further develop these conversations and continue to build relationships across the defence and civilian markets.
Dominic Philpott, Chief Operating Officer of Hanwha Phasor: “We are excited to be exhibiting for the first time at DSEI alongside Hanwha Aerospace, demonstrating our innovative Phasor A7700 satellite antennae. We look forward to meeting with our customer community to discuss the important role Hanwha Phasor can play in the future of the UK space sector”.
02 May 23. ViaSat-3 Americas Successfully Launched. Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced the successful launch of ViaSat-3 Americas aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
ViaSat-3 lifted off yesterday at 8:26 pm EDT, and approximately four hours and thirty two minutes after liftoff, the satellite separated from the launch vehicle. First signals from the satellite were acquired approximately 15 minutes later through a ground station in South Korea. In the coming days, ViaSat-3 will deploy its solar arrays and drift to its final orbital location. Viasat expects it will take less than three weeks for ViaSat-3 to reach its final orbital destination, located at 88.9° west longitude.
Mark Dankberg, Viasat’s chairman and CEO commented, “Today’s successful launch of ViaSat-3 Americas opens a new chapter in Viasat’s growth. This first Americas satellite will multiply our available bandwidth, and enable faster speeds and more coverage – especially for our mobility customers. It’s not just a new satellite, it’s a new way to build broadband satellites. Thanks so much to all our people, and our partners, for their commitment and dedication to getting this done.”
The ViaSat-3 class of Ka-band satellites are capable of delivering over 1 Terabit per second (Tbps) of throughput capacity each, with dynamic flexibility to move and concentrate that capacity where it’s most needed – whether it’s on land, in the ocean or in the air. The first two satellites are planned to focus on the Americas and on EMEA, respectively, and the ViaSat-3 EMEA satellite is now in environmental testing in Boeing’s El Segundo, California factory. The third ViaSat-3 satellite has completed final payload integration and testing at Viasat’s Tempe, Arizona facility and will focus on the Asia Pacific region, completing Viasat’s global service coverage.
02 May 23. Panasonic announced today the world’s premier rugged notebook for the Defence industry can now be equipped with the Eclypt® Core Encrypted Internal Solid State Drive from global communications company, Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), making the Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 40 unrivalled in its capabilities for the military, border control and emergency services. Available in May 2023, the TOUGHBOOK 40 notebook with solid state self-encrypting hard drive is certified for use in the UK for securing Top Secret information and all security levels below, as well as certified for use by NATO and other European countries.
“This is the next step in extending our partnership with Viasat to offer the highest-level security drives across the TOUGHBOOK range,” said Jon Tucker, General Manager Engineering, Product & Mobility Solutions, at Panasonic Mobile Solutions Business Division. “With the current geopolitical tensions across Europe and beyond, the demand for this type of highly secure, rugged and modular flexible device is growing every day.”
The ultimate 14-inch rugged notebook, is designed for Defence, including operational use on foot and in vehicle, as well as for vehicle diagnostics, maintenance and for training. For Police and border control, the device is ideal for operational service, such as routing, numberplate or suspect identification. Taking rugged computing to another level, the modular design allows mobile workers to modify the device quickly and easily for different challenges by equipping 7 expansion areas.
The powerful new all black model is built for use in the most extreme conditions, with military-grade security and communications capabilities to support mission critical operations. The Windows 11 Secured-core PC is equipped with an Intel® Core™ i5-1145G7 vPro® processor (Intel® Core™ i7 vPro® processor optional), 16GB RAM (up to 64GB optional), and a quick release 512GB NVMe OPAL SSD as standard (up to 2TB optional). It is now also certified for use with quick release NATO approved VIASAT self-encrypting secure drives, as well as MIL connectors and docking stations. To immediately switch off light and electronic transmissions when on operations, it also has a one touch Concealed Mode function.
“We are excited to expand our partnership with Panasonic and integrate Viasat encryption into the TOUGHBOOK 40 to offer defence users next-generation rugged and highly secure devices,” said Hisham Awad, managing director of Viasat UK. “Designed and manufactured in the UK, Viasat’s Eclypt secure data-at-rest technology combines sophisticated authentication, entire-disk encryption and data storage into a tamper-evident internal or portable hardware. In the event of device theft, loss, or attack, the solid state drive helps ensure the data is protected and secure once powered off. We look forward to continue bringing forward advanced data-at-rest solutions to help defence users protect their most sensitive data.”
For more information about Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 40, visit: https://eu.connect.panasonic.com/gb/en/products/toughbook/toughbook-40
At Viasat, we’re driven to connect every warfighter, platform, and node on the battlefield. As a global communications company, we power ms of fast, resilient connections for military forces around the world – connections that have the capacity to revolutionize the mission – in the air, on the ground, and at sea. Our customers depend on us for connectivity that brings greater operational capabilities, whether we’re securing the U.S. Government’s networks, delivering satellite and wireless communications to the remote edges of the battlefield, or providing senior leaders with the ability to perform mission-critical communications while in flight. We’re a team of fearless innovators, driven to redefine what’s possible. And we’re not done – we’re just beginning.