ViaSat expects commercial business to increase as the satellite ViaSat-1 enters service. A July launch date is planned; service would start in the fall.

ViaSat expects commercial business to increase as the satellite ViaSat-1 enters service. A July launch date is planned; service would start in the fall.

VIASAT INC.

CEO: Mark Dankberg.

Revenue: $628 million in 2009; $575 million in 2008.

Net income: $38 million.

No. of local employees: 1,155.

Headquarters: Carlsbad.

Year founded: 1986.

Stock symbol and exchange: VSAT, Nasdaq.

Company description: Provider of satellite equipment and services to the government and the military, and retailer of Satellite-based high-speed Internet services to customers in mostly rural areas.

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Tom York is contributing editor of the San Diego Business Journal.

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