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COMSAT, Inc. is a leading operator of customized, secure end-to-end satellite communications services. COMSAT delivers a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (C-Band, Ku-Band, Ka-Band, X-Band and UHF), mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium), and teleport services to aeronautical, land-mobile, and maritime users in multiple markets, including U.S. government and military, global governments and commercial maritime. COMSAT is wholly owned by Satcom Direct (SD). SD offers global communications services, support, and technology to business and general aviation, military, government, emergency response, media, and others who depend on reliable, global communications. SD supports customers via locations around the globe including our world headquarters and network operations center (NOC) located in Melbourne, Florida.
Un 1963, COMSAT (Communications Satellite Corporation) was formally established as a result of the Communications Satellite Act of 1962, which charged COMSAT with responsibility for developing a commercial communications satellite system. In 1964, COMSAT helped create and was majority owner in the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT). COMSAT launched its first satellite, Early Bird (Intelsat I) in 1965. By 1970, COMSAT formally began an enterprise: owning and operating Earth stations in other countries. In 1973, COMSAT formed a new subsidiary, COMSAT General, for “domestic satellite programs and other new business opportunities”. Marisat-1 was launched in 1976. In 1980, COMSAT launched Satellite Business Systems (SBS) in partnership with IBM/Information Satellite Corporation, and Aetna. Two years later, The Marisat satellites, along with three Marisat earth stations (two in the US – Southbury, Connecticut, and Santa Paula, California – and one in Japan) formed the initial operating system for the International Maritime Satellite Organization (INMARSAT).In 1987, COMSAT Systems Division (CSD) was formed and continued until 1994 when it was combined with Radiation Systems Inc. (RSI) into COMSAT RSI (CRSI). In 1999, Lockheed Martin purchased COMSAT (total value of purchase: $2.7 billion). In 2002, COMSAT Mobile Communications was sold to Telenor Satellite Services. In 2007, APAX partners complete acquisition Telenor Satellite Services, Inc. changes name to Vizada, Inc. In 2012, EADs (later changed to Airbus) acquires Vizada, Inc and changes name to Astrium Services Government, Inc. In 2014, Astrium Services Government, Inc. changes name to Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc. (ASGI). Satcom Direct purchased Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc (ASGI) and also bought the COMSAT trademark from Lockheed Martin in 2016. ASGI becomes COMSAT, Inc.
COMSAT is a fully licensed US Common Carrier and operates the only two teleports in North America that have achieved Tier 4 full certification by the World Teleport Association (WTA). Located on the East and West Coasts, both teleports have operated continuously since their inception and have a strong history of handling complex networks. COMSAT’s teleports are secure facilities connected to multiple terrestrial fiber networks and act as backup for each other through both terrestrial and satellite transmission pathways. The data centers equipped with advanced satellite antennas and equipment backed up with automated and redundant electrical power sources, redundant HVAC systems, automatic fire detection and suppression systems, security systems, and 24x7x365 network operations centers.