Viasat, a global leader in satellite communications, has announced that its subsidiary, Inmarsat Government, has been awarded a significant Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (PLEO) Satellite-Based Services (SBS) contract by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) on behalf of the U.S. Space Force’s (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC).
Inmarsat Government is among the 16 companies selected for this contract, which has a total ceiling value of $900 million over a 10-year period as an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) agreement.
As the reliance on space-based capabilities for national security continues to grow, there is an increasing need for resilient satellite constellations that encompass both geostationary (GEO) and non-geostationary orbits (NGSO). Proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) constellations are a crucial component of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) strategy to enhance resilience in satellite communications (SATCOM), remote sensing, and other capabilities by diversifying orbits.
Under this contract, Viasat will harness small satellite technology, cost reductions, and heightened competition in launch services to enable pLEO constellations to deliver persistent, global coverage with minimized transmission latency. The company will provide a comprehensive suite of fully-managed pLEO satellite-based services and capabilities, including space relay services, complemented by GEO and NGSO satellites, to support all operational domains—space, air, land, maritime, and cyber.
Susan Miller, President of Viasat Government, said: “Viasat has a proud history of providing integrated SATCOM solutions and service offerings across multiple bands and orbits to support government customers’ unique needs.”
As a renowned satellite network integrator, Viasat has a track record of collaborating with trusted satellite owners and operators to deliver the bandwidth required by government customers at a cost-effective price point. This contract underscores their commitment to advancing satellite-based services to meet the evolving demands of national security and defense.