COMSAT is the global pioneer of secure and reliable satellite communications, ensuring connectivity in all environments since 1963.About Us
COMSAT, Inc. is a leading operator of customized, secure end-to-end satellite communications services. We deliver 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 world-class 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.Our History
COMSAT was originally created by the Communications Satellite Act of 1962 and incorporated as a publicly traded company in 1963. Its initial purpose was to serve as a public, federally funded corporation intended to develop a commercial and international satellite communications system press. With its rich heritage and as one of the pioneers in the satellite communications industry, COMSAT has been committed to the advancement of the industry since its creation in 1962. Our mission is to ensure the success of our customers’ missions by providing secure, world-class satellite communications services for aero, land and maritime users. For the past five decades, COMSAT has played an integral role in the growth and advancement of the industry, including being a founding member of Intelsat, operating the Marisat fleet network, and founding the initial operating system of Inmarsat from our two earth stations.
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
COMSAT helped create and was majority owner in the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT)
Photo Courtesy: NASA
COMSAT launched its first satellite, Early Bird (Intelsat I)
COMSAT formally began an enterprise: owning and operating Earth stations in other countries
COMSAT formed a new subsidiary, COMSAT General, for “domestic satellite programs and other new business opportunities”
US Navy signed a $28 million contract for two years of maritime satellite service from COMSAT General
Photo Courtesy: COMSAT General/Intelsat
Marisat-1 was launched
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)
COMSAT launched Satellite Business Systems (SBS) in partnership with IBM/Information Satellite Corporation, and Aetna.
COMSAT Systems Division (CSD) was formed and continued until 1994 when it was combined with Radiation Systems Inc. (RSI) into COMSAT RSI (CRSI)
Lockheed Martin purchased COMSAT (total value of purchase: $2.7 billion)
Sale of COMSAT Mobile Communications to Telenor Satellite Services
Sale of COMSAT assets to Airbus Defence and Space
Satcom Direct Communications acquires Airbus Defence and Space Government, changes name back to COMSAT