Viasat to design LEO prototype satellite for U.S. Air Force to explore geographic extension of Link 16 tactical system

by Peter B. de Selding

LUXEMBOURG — Viasat Inc., a well-known bear on low-Earth-orbit constellations for broadband applications, will build a cubesat for the U.S. Air Force to test encrypted narrowband tactical communications to extend coverage of the Link 16 communications system used by the U.S. and allied forces.

Viasat will build the 12u cubesat in time for a launch in mid-2020 under a $10-million contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles XVI program.

Viasat already provides Link 16 terminals . . .

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