small 卫星 for military helicopters

Extensive smallsat and LEO flight heritage

From components to smallsats, Viasat has a proven flight heritage in Low Earth Orbit space systems. We are currently operating on-orbit, smallsat-class space vehicles today and have an extensive library of flight-proven technologies including; 星际链路, RF payload components (transmitters, 接收器, 变频器, and more) and phased array components. We are dedicated to testing and learning, inventing and delivering, and to pioneering state of the art commercial technology for a responsible, sustainable approach to space. 

Turnkey design and build

From mission design to scalable production, our turnkey design and build capabilities include:  

  • Mission design/analysis and space vehicle design for commercial and Department of 国防 (DoD) missions
  • Network architectures for resilient constellations
  • Payload and space vehicle assembly, integration and test (AI&T)
  • Low-risk volume production based on processes and capabilities used to build ViaSat-3 class 地理 卫星
  • On-site production test, environmental test, high bay facilities
  • Scalable production capacity for smallsat constellations

Vertical integration and operation for space sustainability

Viasat’s approach to small 卫星 provides a sustainable and responsible avenue to LEO space access. Our focus is not just on the space vehicle. Instead, we take a holistic view and focus on network building, integration, and management. Combined with our expertise in designing and manufacturing both commercial and DoD 卫星, Viasat’s vertical integration in network development and operation helps conserve precious LEO resources by keeping constellation sizes sustainable.

连接16 . 十六世卫星

十六世 LEO Satellite: Bringing the power of space to the warfighter

The 十六世 small satellite is the world’s first and only Link 16-enabled LEO satellite, designed to offer beyond line-of-sight communications for military operations. Operating from a 95-degree orbital inclination, the 十六世 test satellite will have an on-orbit lifetime of at least six months. Benefiting from interoperability with legacy Link 16 terminals already fielded across the DoD, the satellite will support multiple demonstrations in partnership with the U.S. 空气 Force Re搜索 Laboratory, Marine Corps and Special Operations Command.

十六世 will turn Link 16 into an interconnected and global capability in addition to providing an exit point into external IP and broadband internet networks, allowing users to share target tracks and access data anywhere in the World. The program will offer transformative capabilities to warfighters, including enhanced situational awareness, 弹性, 和互操作性. 

Read more about the technology behind the 十六世 satellite

  • VIasat Readies a Small Viasat Satellite That Promises to Be A Game-Changer in Military Communications

    It’s dusk in Afghanistan and a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) crouches behind cover halfway up a mountainside. Observing the ongoing battle, the JTAC operates the AN/PRC-161 to communicate with a Link 16-enabled Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite passing overhead at an altitude of 550km and a speed of 8km per second.


  • Viasat Contracted to Deliver the World’s First Link 16-Capable Low Earth Orbit (LEO) 空间craft

    欧宝体育官网入口公司. (纳斯达克:网络连线), a global communications company, announced today it has been awarded a contract by the Administrator of the 空间 企业 Consortium, under the 空气 Force Re搜索 Laboratory 空间 Vehicles 十六世 program, to deliver and test the first-ever Link 16-capable LEO spacecraft.


  • Viasat to Deliver Enhanced Military-Grade Encryption on the First-Ever Link 16-Capable Low Earth Orbit 空间craft

    欧宝体育官网入口公司. (纳斯达克:网络连线), a global communications company, today announced it will integrate its In-line Network Encryptor (INE) into the world's first Link 16-capable low earth orbit (LEO) satellite, which Viasat is developing for the U.S. 空气 Force Re搜索 Laboratory 空间 Vehicles 十六世 program.


  • 什么是Link 16?

    First introduced in the 1970s to support air interdiction missions during the Cold War, 链接16允许U.S. and coalition forces operating at the tactical edge to communicate securely by voice and share mission-critical data in real time across the battlespace.


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