– USA, CA – Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced the appointment of Jim Bridenstine to its Board of Directors, bringing the Board to eight members, six of whom are independent directors. Jim Bridenstine is Former National Aeronautics and Space Administration Chief and former Oklahoma Congressman.
Jim Bridenstine will provide the Board of Directors with extensive experience in space technology, innovation, and safety based on his leadership role at NASA, as well as defense and aerospace expertise based on his public service in the United States Navy and Congress.
Jim Bridenstine joins Viasat’s Board as the Company is preparing for the impending launch of its ViaSat-3 network, a global geostationary system using three state-of-the-art adaptive beam-forming satellites to safely and securely deliver broadband connectivity around the globe. The ViaSat-3 payload and ground network technology use a new system architecture intended to deliver much more bandwidth, in the highest demand places than any other broadband space system, in GEO or non-geostationary orbits. The ViaSat-3 architecture is highly scalable, a critical element in keeping pace with constantly growing per-capita bandwidth demand.
“Jim is a welcome addition to Viasat’s Board of Directors. His insight into all aspects of advanced space programs can help ensure Viasat remains at the forefront of space system and network technology globally. And, because of the pivotal role he’s played in expanding the U.S. manned space program, Jim is also an ardent proponent of preserving safe access to space via proactive measures to protect the space environment and contain orbital debris.” said co-founder and executive chairman, Mark Dankberg.
Bridenstine served as NASA’s 13th Administrator from April 2018 until January 2021. Under his leadership, NASA launched a new human lunar exploration mission, the Artemis program; continued the commercial resupply of the International Space Station; led partnering efforts with American commercial enterprises on the Commercial Crew Program, which again launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, something not done since the end of the Shuttle program in 2011; helped establish the Commercial Lunar Payload Services Program to partner with private enterprise in landing rovers on the lunar surface; backed the development of the X-59, a quiet supersonic aircraft and the X-57 Maxwell, NASA’s first all-electric airplane; and supported the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management initiatives to facilitate the safe use of drones for commercial use.
Since January 2021, Bridenstine has worked as a senior advisor to Acorn Growth Companies, a private equity firm. Prior, 2013 to 2018, Bridenstine was a member of Congress where he represented Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. Bridenstine’s career in federal service began in 1998 as a pilot in the United States Navy.
Jim Bridenstine commented, “My professional career reflects both my passion for space and national defense, as well as my intentions to make a meaningful contribution to each of those areas. Joining the Viasat Board of Directors is an opportunity for me to stay at the leading edge of technology, and apply my experience and insights to critical global and national priorities. Viasat’s missions, rapid entrepreneurial growth, and culture of innovation – sustained over decades – present a very attractive, mutually-beneficial opportunity to continue to contribute in private industry.”
Jim Bridenstine earned a B.A. degree with three majors – Economics, Business, and Psychology – from Rice University and an M.B.A. degree from Cornell University.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments, and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air, or at sea.
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