Viasat Inc. is a U.S. telecommunications company based in Carlsbad, California, with additional operations throughout the United States and around the world. 11. Viasat is a company that provides high-speed satellite broadband services and secure networking systems covering military and commercial markets. Vesat co-founded in May 1986 by Mark Dankberg, Mark Miller and Steve Hart. Mark Dankberg became CEO, Mark Miller and Steve Hart became chief technical officers. Viasat received venture capital financing of $300,000 from Southern California Ventures. In December 1996, Visat had its initial public offering (IPO). In 1999, Viasat moved to its headquarters in Carlsbad, California. Viasat launched an occasional company, TrellisWare Technology, in 2000. The self-financing company focuses on finding solutions to the problems of terrestrial communications. The acquisition of scientific-Atlanta satellite networking company for $75 million in cash in 2000 at Visat helped to focus on providing technology for interactive services to companies. In 2001, Viasat began working with Boeing on Concontheon's broadband aircraft. The company acquired Lockheed Martin's global telecommunications unit, Comsat Laboratories, in 2001 for an undisclosed sum. Comsat Labs is a visaat technology and product development group for communication systems with a focus on developing new technologies for highbandwidth, high-rate satellite data. In 2001, Viasat also bought Monolithics of The United States, a company focused on designing circuits High-frequency broadband, for about $30 million. Eutelsat entered into an agreement in 2001 to use LinkStar's high-performance IP stations for the FSS-based broadband multimedia network. Viasat entered into a joint venture in 2001 with Loral Skynet to establish Emon networks to develop immeon on-demand satellite bandwidth sold in monthly managed service plans. ABC News used Emyon to improve voice and data communications for on-site news. Vesat won a $16 million contract with WildBlue Communications in March 2001 to build WildBlue satellite modems to support the company's initial service launch. WildBlue signed a second contract with Viasat in 2001 for $17 million, and viasat will develop and produce satellite modem termination systems for six gate stations. WildBlue launched its internet service in October 2004 after acquiring the capability of a ka transmitter and receiver on telesat Anik F2 satellite. It conducted formal technical tests until January 2005, followed by beta tests nationwide before the first residential retail customers had services installed in June. WildBlue was upgraded in 2007 using the WildBlue-1 satellite, which was launched the previous year. In 2005, Viasat acquired channel coding efficiency, a product of integrated broadband communications and satellite communication systems, giving Viasat access to the IPStar satellite broadband market. Enerdyne, a defense technology company, acquired Viasat in 2006 for an initial investment of $17 million EnerLinks II added video data connectivity equipment to Viasat defense products. Viasat acquired JAST antenna systems, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2007. Hest develops microwave circuits and antennas for land and mobile satellite applications. On December 15, 2009, Viasat WildBlue, based in Colorado, purchased $568 million in cash and shares. Wildblue also brings its WildBlue-1 satellite and Ka range capacity on Telesat's Anik F2 and about $75 million in cash and $45 million in tax losses, bringing the net purchase price to about $445 million. In 2010, Viasat bought the Stonewood Group from Dorset, England, an encryption company, for $20 million in cash and shares. In January 2013, Viasat opened its expansion in Duluth, Georgia, the second largest location after the company's headquarters in Carlsbad, California at the time. In 2015, Viasat opened a 116,000-square-foot facility at Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona. The Arizona campus focuses on the design and manufacture of advanced communications and radar products, rf systems and cybersecurity. In 2016, Viasat announced the establishment of a Research and Development Facility in Chennai, India. In 2017, Viasat buried an 80,000-square-foot facility on atlas near the Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan, Texas. Viasat also acquired LonoCloud, a cloud-focused company, in 2013.In 2014, viasat in partnership with Thuraya Communications, a mobile satellite services company, to provide M2M services (MACHINE 2 MACHINE 2). And in the year Same, Viasat has partnered with LightSquared to work on M2M services in vehicle and aviation devices. Viasat has also teamed up with Southern California Edison to provide easy transition to operational networks. NetNearU was acquired in Brian/College Ation, Texas in 2014. Focusing on government and corporate clients, NetNearU has a Wi-Fi management system called TRACKOS, a cloud-based software. ViaSat acquired Gray Labs, a company specializing in Earth's satellite communications for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, in July 2014. In March 2015, Viasat acquired EAI design services to add its design to the Integrated Application Service (ASIC) and Field Programmable Array Gate (FPGA) in satellite and cybersecurity projects. In 2016, Viasat acquired Arconics, an aviation software company based in Dublin, Ireland. The company added 40 employees from Arconix to its employees and expanded its offerings as a result of the acquisition. In 2017, Viasat announced its intention to enter into a joint venture with European satellite company Eutelsat. As part of the project, the two companies will jointly operate two new commercial entities, one owned and operated by KA-SAT satellite company Utsat, wholesale broadband trading and the other that buys KA-SAT satellite power and commercializes retail broadband Internet services throughout Europe. The two companies will be based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The companies aborted their joint venture plans in April 2018.