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ViaSat Joins DeSIRE II Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Project Consortium

ViaSat Joins DeSIRE II Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Project Consortium

Funded by the European Space Agency, European Defence Agency and Industry, the New Consortium Will Focus on Defining Regulations and Applications for Civilian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System Usage

GENEVA, May 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — (EBACE2015 – Booth #C035) – ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), an innovator in broadband and communication technologies and services, today announced it is part of the consortium awarded the DeSIRE II project, a program funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) program, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and industry to define regulations and civilian usage for satellite-controlled Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) also known as drones, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

As part of the consortium, ViaSat is taking the lead in developing the communication, navigation and sensing (CNS) technologies for real-time RPAS command and control across Ka- and L-band satellites. ViaSat will provide an advanced satellite communications (satcom) system that includes modems for both frequency bands and modems for system gateways to demonstrate how a satcom system can lead to the safe use of RPAS in “unsegregated” or civilian airspace.

ViaSat will also help identify civilian service applications for RPAS usage such as environmental monitoring, maritime surveillance and emergency response. One application proposed by ViaSat is the effectiveness of RPAS in early warning and response of a wildfire outbreak. ViaSat in collaboration with CEREN, the French public organization that represents 14 fire brigades, will demonstrate how the DeSIRE II project can aid in data collection and transmission; identification of risk and alarm trigger; real-time video information of wildfire outbreaks; and night flights with infra-red capabilities.

“There is significant commercial market potential for drones in civilian service applications; however, growth is hampered by their inability to operate in unsegregated airspace,” said Stefano Vaccaro, managing director, ViaSat Antenna Systems Division, Switzerland. “Through the DeSIRE II project, the consortium will have an opportunity to work with aviation organizations such as the European-based EASA, EUROCONTROL, JARUS and the International Civil Aviation Organization RPAS panel to support the definition of regulations that contribute to a worldwide standard in RPAS operation influenced by ViaSat’s satcom technologies.”

Other industry participants in the DeSIRE II project include Telespazio, one of the world’s leading companies in integrated space applications and end-to-end satellite communications services, which is leading the consortium, as well as Ædel Aerospace GmbH, e-GEOS, Piaggio Aerospace, Selex ES and skyguide. By the end of 2016, the DeSIRE II project is expected to complete a series of flight tests with the Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH DEMO Hammerhead platform demonstrating the feasibility of RPAS sharing airspace and operating in compliance with civilian aviation regulations and procedures while providing real-time value-added services to several European agencies and institutions.

About ViaSat
ViaSat engineers creative ways to connect people to new communication applications with networking systems and services that enable a fast, cost-efficient, secure, and high-performance connection to virtually any location. The Company offers Exede(®) high-speed internet and broadband services in North America; 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; network-centric military communication systems for the U.S. and allied governments; cybersecurity; and communication system design. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs more than 3,300 people worldwide in the areas of technology development, customer service, and network operations. For more information, please visit ViaSat at www.viasat.com, or follow the Company on Facebook,Twitter,LinkedIn and YouTube.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements include, among others, statements about satellite communications technologies and applications as it relates to RPAS/drone systems and the expected timing of flight tests. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to successfully implement ViaSat’s satcom technology on the DeSIRE II project; the anticipated timeline or at all; risks associated with the DeSIRE II project, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance or the performance of other partners in the Consortium; negative audits by the U.S. or European governments; continued turmoil in the global business environment and economic conditions; delays in approving European government budgets and cuts in government defense expenditures; changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers to the DeSIRE II project; reliance on a limited number of third parties to manufacture and supply ViaSat’s products; increased competition and other factors affecting the communications, defense and civilian industries generally; the effect of adverse regulatory changes on ViaSat’s ability to sell products and services; ViaSat’s level of indebtedness and ability to comply with applicable debt covenants; ViaSat’s involvement in litigation, including intellectual property claims and litigation to protect proprietary technology; and ViaSat’s dependence on a limited number of key employees. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in ViaSat’s SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including ViaSat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. ViaSat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.

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Bird-deterring drones and game consoles inspire the future of flight

Bird-deterring drones and game consoles inspire the future of flight

TOULOUSE, France, May 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Student ideas in final race for EUR30,000 Airbus biennial Fly Your Ideas competition prize

A wing-skin that harvests natural vibrations to power in-flight systems, drones that
lead birds to a safe haven “birdport”, and a games console-inspired infra-red system that
detects potential obstacles when taxiing, are among the ideas from university students
shortlisted by Airbus in its Fly Your Ideas contest, with the five finalists now vying for the EUR30,000 jackpot.

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These pioneering ideas have already seen off competition from over 500 entries in
Airbus’ biennial global student challenge. Airbus created Fly Your Ideas, in partnership
with UNESCO, to inspire the next generation of innovators by giving them the chance to experience the exciting environment that the aviation industry has to offer.

Diversity is a key driver of innovation and performance and this year’s finalists
represent the most diverse line-up in the competition’s history, comprising of eight
nationalities from nine universities, with a mix of engineering and non-engineering backgrounds and a higher percentage of female students than ever before.

Responding to key issues in aviation, the ideas had to cover one of six challenges
identified by Airbus to provide sustainable future solutions where growth, efficiency and people will be at the heart of a thriving aviation industry.

The five finalist teams [http://www.airbus-fyi.com/article/559 ] – from Brazil, China,
Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom – now travel to Hamburg, Germany, to make
their case for the top prize to Airbus and industry experts on 27th May; the runners-up will share EUR15,000.

In contention are:

‘Good vibrations’ energy-harvesting skin – Team ‘MULTIFUN’, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

MULTIFUN is all about good vibrations. The team’s idea sees plane wings dressed in a
composite skin that harvests energy from natural vibrations or flex in the wings.
Piezoelectric fibres gather electrical charges from even the smallest movements during
flight, storing the energy generated in battery panels integrated in the fuselage and
using it to power auxiliary in-flight systems, such as lighting and entertainment systems.
This reduces the energy footprint of aircraft during flight and could even replace the entire power source for ground operations.

Drone-guided ‘birdport’- Team ‘BIRDPORT’, The University of Tokyo, Japan

BIRDPORT proposes deploying a flock of drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to
guide birds from airports to a comfortable habitat nearby. The drones use tactics of
separation, alignment and cohesion to manipulate flocks and divert them to Birdport, where
birdsong and decoys are used to create a natural and safe habitat for birds in the area.
The idea is designed to reduce bird strikes to aircraft significantly and to enhance aircraft availability.

Game console-inspired infra-red guidance system – Team AFT-BURNER-REVERSER, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

AFT-BURNER-REVERSER has applied motion-sensing technology from a games console to an
aircraft guidance system for use when taxiing. The model uses infra-red and visual
information to warn the pilot and ground crew of high-risk obstacles. This is designed to
reduce the turnaround time of aircraft between flights and the cost of damage, saving airlines millions per year.

Faster trolley trash – Team RETROLLEY, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

RETROLLEY has tackled the issue of reducing waste in-flight and cutting down the time
taken to collect and sort rubbish post-flight, speeding up airline operations particularly
on short-haul carriers. The team’s bespoke trolley is designed to intelligently sort
rubbish and recycling by minimising the volume of foils, paper and plastic and collecting
residual fluid. In doing so, the weight of galley equipment can be reduced by up to 30kg reducing fuel consumption and offering more space in-flight for refreshments.

Wireless and greener ground operations – Team BOLLEBOOS, City University London, UK

BOLLEBOOS has put forward its pioneering WEGO system that picks up energy during
taxiing. Transmitter sections on the ground, located just underneath the aircraft in the tarmac, transfer electrical power inductively to a receiver placed between the
nose-wheels. This provides a sustainable energy source to power ground operations, reducing carbon emissions by half.

Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering, says: “I congratulate
the five teams for reaching the final of our Fly Your Ideas challenge. The competition as
always has been incredibly tough and they can all be very proud to have got this far. What
their ideas show us is that the next generation can bring fresh thinking to our industry
and help shape the future of flight. That’s what Airbus Fly Your Ideas is all about.”

Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General of the Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO,
says: “We are proud to partner with Airbus on Fly Your Ideas. With diversity key to
driving innovation, the competition gives students, both male and female, from all
different backgrounds and based all over the world, the opportunity to offer their
individual expertise and to experience the future of the aviation industry. We wish all the finalists good luck in the final round of the competition.”

The winning team will be announced at a ceremony in Hamburg on 27 May.

Fly Your Ideas is part of The Future by Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer’s vision of sustainable air travel in 2050.

More photos & videos: http://www.airbus.com/presscentre

For more details and to view videos of the finalists’ reactions on hearing of their success, visit http://www.airbus-fyi.com

Notes to Editors

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a biennial global competition, organized in partnership with
UNESCO, which challenges students to innovate for the future of aviation. Taking part is a
unique opportunity for students to put their classroom learning and research to the test,
by working with a team of Airbus professionals on the real-world challenges facing the
aviation industry. It offers students a chance to apply their creativity in an exceptional
learning environment that will equip them in a highly competitive job market. Students can
chose from six subjects: Efficiency, Passenger Experience, Energy, Affordable Growth, Traffic Growth, Community Friendliness.







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