About Ground Control
Ground Control is a full-service single-source satellite communications solutions provider and satellite system manufacturer offering a diverse line of high-speed fixed, mobile, portable and maritime solutions for thousands of organizations throughout the world.
Ground Control was founded in 2002 on the Central Coast of California as a reseller of Mobile Satellite Internet Systems and Services for the then new mobile VSAT dishes on the market. Our clients were not only limited to mobile professionals and the RV community, but hundreds of Government Agencies, Public Safety Organizations, Oil & Gas Firms, and thousands of Corporate & Private businesses. Our goal then, as it is now, to insure their remote communication requirements were met and maintained.
Ground Control’s portfolio of VSAT satellite services expanded throughout the years with a focus on terrestrial-like performance that enabled clients to run sophisticated business applications such as VPNs, VoIP, Citrix & Streaming Video that were and are unreliable with many commercial satellite Internet providers.
In 2005, Ground Control became a manufacturer and launched its own fully motorized, auto-acquire Mobile Satellite Internet System. The .74m MSS using consumer VSAT service networks, giving RVer’s, small businesses, and local government entities a cost effective mobile satellite internet system. The larger .95m MSS used the Galileo business service, enabling corporations, government organizations, emergency management providers, and more to have a truly mobile office environment anywhere they had a clear view of the southern sky.
In 2006, Ground Control established Private VSAT networks. Clients could create a satellite network from their remote site/sites to the satellite NOC, and then backhauling traffic to their HQ for complete security. These Total Private Networks
utilized either dedicated leased line circuits between the Satellite Teleport and the client data center, or Point-to-Point routing that avoids all terrestrial data lines altogether. We also introduced Enhanced Private Networks for client owned VPN devices installed at the Teleport that are linked over the Internet. This solution had a minimal of performance loss for VPN that traditionally comes from encrypting data over a high latency connection.
In 2007, Ground Control became a leading reseller of portable and in-motion BGAN portable broadband systems and services, becoming a truly global provider. BGAN terminals can be used almost anywhere in the world whether the client is in equatorial Africa, Papua New Guinea, or Kansas.
In 2008, Ground Control debuted the .98m TOUGHSAT, a fully ruggedized motorized, auto-acquire Mobile Satellite Internet System. The .98m TOUGHSAT is designed to endure harsh environments, high winds, and to deploy in approximately 3 minutes or less. This same year, Ground Control launched its iDirect Premium Satellite Internet service. This flexible, affordable, and robust satellite internet platform enables clients to enjoy fast, high quality VSAT internet service domestically or internationally. iDirect service, with its patented D-TDMA and MF-TDMA technologies, balances traffic across all carriers on the satellite, increasing the amount of available bandwidth and providing increased security. Payload efficiency is approximately 98%. iDirect supports applications like Video Streaming, Voice, VPN without connection timeouts or throttling.
In 2009, Ground Control expanded into Maritime Systems and Services through the Fleet Broadband network and Aviation Swift Broadband Service. Inmarsat’s BGAN service is now available through Ground Control for Land, Sea, and Air.
In 2010, Ground Control added new international satellite connectivity solutions for mobile and fixed satellite systems as well as maritime solutions for world-wide connectivity. Our international infrastructure is designed for customers with Star, Mesh, Point-to-Point or a Hybrid of satellite topologies, and tailored to each organization's IP requirements.
In 2011, Ground Control advanced manufacturing designs of all of our satellite systems, and create new products such as a new lightweight mobile solution The Football Global Internet case, and the larger VSAT Toughsat 1.2 meter mobile satellite system, and the new flagship product of our company. Our Network has expanded to many countries with specific attention to growth in the Middle East.
In 2012, Ground Control relocated our North American network operations center to Napa California. This grand facility has redundant fiber lines to multiple backbones and provides more space for customer co-located equipment. We are also specializing in global M2M SCADA L-band satellite communication for remote device monitoring and control. The new Hughes 9502 M2M BGAN terminal is setting a new trend in machine to machine communication.
In 2013, We've opened a 2nd VSAT Teleport in Woodbine Virginia and have added a new service dubbed Dual Matrix that allows our mobile VSAT users to switch satellites at the touch of a button. We are also expanding with full service office and showroom in Las Vegas Nevada near the Airport. Ground Control continues flourish in our four areas of specialization... Fixed, Mobile, Portable and Maritime satellite communications solutions.
Ground Control’s portfolio of Satellite Internet Services Include:
Ground Control is one of the first to manufacturer the .74m Mobile Satellite System for use with consumer VSAT service, the .95m Mobile Satellite System for use with iDirect and Galileo service, and our .98m and 1.2m Toughsat Mobile Satellite System for use with iDirect and Galileo, and other Ku-band satellite services. Our most recent product, the MCD-4800 (aka The Football), is an auto-pointing carry-portable BGAN case that creates a global wireless hotspot by simply turning it on.
Ground Control’s Executive Team includes:
- Jeff Staples, President, CEO
- Mark Wright, Founder, Chairman
- John Bergquist, Chief Engineer
- Kurt Wright, COO