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ViaSat Wins Contract From Honeywell Space Systems for Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation Range Safety System.



NORCROSS, Ga. -- ViaSat Satellite Ground Systems has received a contract in excess of $3 million from Honeywell Space Systems in Clearwater, Florida for four mobile S-Band Tracking and Telemetry/UHF-Band Command Destruct integrated antenna systems. The Range Safety System (RSS (Really Simple Syndication) A syndication format that was developed by Netscape in 1999 and became very popular for aggregating updates to blogs and the news sites. RSS has also stood for "Rich Site Summary" and "RDF Site Summary. ) for the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation (AADC) Kodiak Launch Complex The Kodiak Launch Complex (KLC) is a commercial rocket launch facility for sub-orbital and orbital space launch vehicles owned and operated by the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, a public corporation of the state of Alaska.  tracks launch vehicle data, and provides ground controllers with the ability to terminate the flight should problems arise.

The Kodiak location launches all types of commercial launch vehicles and military rockets. The AADC requires range data and command control equipment to provide real time information to range users and to perform range safety operations. The primary responsibility of the RSS is to provide positive control of the launch vehicle for public safety.

These tracking and telemetry systems combine the ability to receive an S-band telemetry data signal with the ability to transmit high-power UHF (Ultra High Frequency) The range of electromagnetic frequencies from 300 MHz to 3 GHz. In the U.S., analog television has used UHF channels 52 to 69 in the 700 MHz band.  Command Destruct tones. Each of the four antenna systems consists of a 5.4-meter reflector, elevation over azimuth pedestal, and a specialized Telemetry Tracking/UHF feed. The complete system includes a uniquely designed trailer/mounting base that provides full roadworthy road·wor·thy  
adj. road·wor·thi·er, road·wor·thi·est
Fit to be driven on the open road: a roadworthy truck.
 towing as well as a stable tracking platform.

The AADC was established in 1991 to develop Alaska based economic and technical opportunities in the aerospace industry. The Kodiak Launch Complex is a dual use spaceport space·port  
n.
An installation for sheltering, testing, maintaining, and launching spacecraft.
 for commercial and government vehicles for sub-orbital and orbital trajectories over a wide range of launch azimuths. The missions being flown from this spaceport cover a range from remote sensing and communications to missile defense technology demonstrators and testing.

ViaSat Inc. produces advanced digital satellite telecommunications and wireless signal processing equipment for commercial and government markets. ViaSat has a full line of VSAT (Very Small Aperture satellite Terminal) A small earth station for satellite transmission that handles up to 56 Kbits/sec of digital transmission. VSATs that handle the T1 data rate (up to 1.544 Mbits/sec) are called "TSATs.  products for data and voice applications, and is rapidly building market share in Ka-band satellite systems, from user terminals to large gateways for both geosynchronous and low earth orbit (communications) low earth orbit - (LEO) The kind of orbit used by communications satellites that will offer high bandwidth for video on demand, television, and Internet communications.  systems. Other products include information security devices, tactical communication radios, and communication simulators. Along with its headquarters in Carlsbad, CA, ViaSat has divisions located in Norcross, GA, and Clarksburg, MD. Additional field offices are located in Boston, MA, the United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, China, and India.

Safe Harbor Statement

Portions of this release, particularly statements about future capabilities of the tracking systems, may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. ViaSat wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to: contractual problems, regulatory issues, technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations; and increased competition and other factors affecting the telecommunications industry generally. The Company refers you to the documents it files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled Factors That May Affect Future Performance in the Company's Form 10-K, which contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections or forward-looking statements. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.

Comsat Labs and Comsat Laboratories are tradenames of ViaSat Inc. Neither Comsat Labs nor Comsat Laboratories is affiliated with COMSAT Corporation. "Comsat" is a registered trademark of COMSAT Corporation.

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