Military Embedded Systems

Viasat SATCOM demo opens gateway to offer over 100Mbps speeds for military applications


March 13, 2018

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

WASHINGTON. Viasat officials conducted a ViaSat-2 satellite communications (SATCOM) demonstration showing a number of cloud-based government applications. The demonstration - attended by U.S. Armed forces representatives - enabled over 100Mbps speeds on the ViaSat-2 satellite system. Viasat is now offering these capabilities to for government, defense, and military applications.

The ViaSat-2 SATCOM system has the ability to:

  • Transmit bandwidth-intensive, media-rich cloud applications
  • Conduct more simultaneous operations: Abundant capacity will enable warfighters to capture and send Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor data; transmit live two-way video conferencing and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls; as well as conduct Command and Control (C2) and Situational Awareness (SA) communications as prioritized traffic to many more platforms in a region
  • Continue operating through an electromagnetic, terrestrial or cyberattack: Resiliency is provided through the ViaSat-2 system's anti-interferer performance, Viasat's Satellite Access Node (SAN) gateway diversity, satellite switching and assured pattern re-routing to operate through gateway failures, and through Viasat's Active Cyber Defense, which automatically detects, mitigates and attributes Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks against the network's infrastructure.
  • Provide assured communications: Viasat's Best Available Network concept provides a global, redundant system for military to access Viasat's global Ku-band networks, its more advanced Ka-band networks, as well as the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.

Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat, says. "The innovations in the new ViaSat-2 satellite and network show that we can dramatically improve operational capabilities for military missions. This satcom system is the first in our series of ultra-high-capacity global satellite networks, which will enable superior reach, readiness, and resiliency for global military forces."



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