Our Mission

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.

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.

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Feb. 1
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

Feb. 1
1963
Aug.
1964

COMSAT helped create and was majority owner in the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT)

Aug.
1964
Apr.
1965

Photo Courtesy: NASA
COMSAT launched its first satellite, Early Bird (Intelsat I)

Apr.
1965
1970

COMSAT formally began an enterprise: owning and operating Earth stations in other countries

1970
Feb. 23
1973

COMSAT formed a new subsidiary, COMSAT General, for “domestic satellite programs and other new business opportunities”

Feb. 23
1973
Mar. 1
1973

US Navy signed a $28 million contract for two years of maritime satellite service from COMSAT General

Mar. 1
1973
Feb. 19
1976

Photo Courtesy: COMSAT General/Intelsat
Marisat-1 was launched

Feb. 19
1976
1982

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)

1982
Mar. 7
1980

COMSAT launched Satellite Business Systems (SBS) in partnership with IBM/Information Satellite Corporation, and Aetna.

Mar. 7
1980
1987

COMSAT Systems Division (CSD) was formed and continued until 1994 when it was combined with Radiation Systems Inc. (RSI) into COMSAT RSI (CRSI)

1987
Sept. 20
1999

Lockheed Martin purchased COMSAT (total value of purchase: $2.7 billion)

Sept. 20
1999
Jan
2002

Sale of COMSAT Mobile Communications to Telenor Satellite Services

Jan
2002
Dec.
2012

Sale of COMSAT assets to Airbus Defence and Space

Dec.
2012
Feb. 11
2016

Satcom Direct Communications acquires Airbus Defence and Space Government, changes name back to COMSAT

Feb. 11
2016