Carlsbad, CA 92009
Highlights: 2100 employees, $688 million sales
There is no doubt that SBIR funds have made a big difference at ViaSat, a digital communications company specializing in satellite and wireless networking technologies. ViaSat’s first SBIR Phase I contract was from the Navy for the Communication Environment Simulator (CES), a technology that has evolved into a state-of-the-art simulator for testing the F-22 Fighter Aircraft avionic systems and resulted in several spin-off programs.
The CES system can accurately simulate information communications during air combat situations, not only between various DoD component systems but also among the allies. Typically, these systems must be tested with live flights that are very expensive. ViaSat’s CES can be used during the development stage, saving the taxpayer money by avoiding the need to make corrections later in the development cycle.