Carlsbad, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2007 -
ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) received its first order for AN/PSC-14s from the U.S. Air Force 36th Contingency Response Group. The AN/PSC-14 combines Inmarsat IP-based Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) technology with ViaSat AltaSec® IP inline encryption equipment to create a portable, ruggedized BGAN user terminal capable of both secure and non-secure operation.
A tactical "manpack" terminal that fits into a rucksack, the rugged AN/PSC-14 terminal is designed specifically for the military warfighter. Features such as using standard military batteries, compatibility with current handsets, and the ability to locate the antenna several hundred feet from the terminal were incorporated specifically to satisfy military needs not met elsewhere. The Inmarsat BGAN system is the world's first mobile satellite communications service to deliver simultaneous voice and broadband IP data to a small, portable device on a global basis. The service sends and receives IP data at speeds up to half-a-megabit per second.
The AN/PSC-14 was cooperatively developed with Inmarsat. Coupled with a separate tracking antenna, the terminal can also fit into a standard mount on military vehicles to provide comm-on-the move.
"The PSC-14 has unique features that you won't find on standard commercial terminals, which give it significantly increased military utility," said Doug Poorman, ViaSat AN/PSC-14 program manager. "Its ruggedness gives it a level of military reliability that warfighters need for tactical communications."
See the AN/PSC-14 terminal at the ViaSat booth (#3554) at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting this week at the Washington D.C. Convention Center.
Find more details on the AN/PSC-14 at http://Bgan.viasat.com.
About ViaSat (http://www.viasat.com)
ViaSat produces innovative satellite and other digital communication products that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and managed network services for enterprise IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the U.S. government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer-premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services. The company owns five subsidiaries: US Monolithics, Efficient Channel Coding, Enerdyne Technologies, Intelligent Compression Technologies, and JAST. These companies design and produce complementary products such as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, DVB-S2 satellite communication components, video data link systems, data acceleration and compression products, and mobile satellite antenna systems. ViaSat has locations in Carlsbad, CA, and Duluth, GA, along with its Comsat Laboratories division in Germantown, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Washington DC, Australia, China, India, Italy, and Spain.
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