A firm that creates satellite and other wireless networking systems, ViaSat Inc. started construction on its 116,000 square foot manufacturing center at Arizona State University Research Park in Tempe, Arizona.
The campus, owned by Phoenix-based Levine Investments LP and built by PCG Construction Inc., will consist of a manufacturing building, 2 story office building, and extensive indoor and outdoor amenity areas.
ViaSat said it will move about 200 employees, now located in two facilities in Gilbert, into the new facility, which is planned for completion in July 2015. When finished, the new offices will have space to expand to 350 employees. A Phase 2 master plan is designed to add square footage on site in the future that would increase the headcount capacity beyond 400.
The 320-acre ASU Research Park offers a professional business environment, with mature landscaping and three lakes covering eighteen surface acres. Recreation facilities include over six miles of surfaced jogging trails. ASU also offers tenants access to its services, including cooperative research projects and an MBA program.
According to the firm, ViaSat's Arizona location specializes in design and manufacturing of advanced microwave communication and radar products, radio frequency systems, and cybersecurity. Technology developments encompass semiconductors through subsystems and include millimeter wave MMICs and modules, as well as cybersecurity and encryption technologies for securing communication networks.
ViaSat creates satellite and other wireless networking systems that efficiently deliver the most bandwidth for fast, secure, and high-performance communications to any location for consumers, governments, enterprises, and the military. The company offers Exede services in North America, which feature ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; worldwide mobile satellite services, including global tracking and messaging as well as high-speed in-flight Internet; satellite broadband networking systems; Wi-Fi and other hotspot operations, support, and management systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cybersecurity for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 3,300 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development.