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CopaSAT opens state-of-the-art special forces and defense research, development and engineering facility

(9 March 2020 - CopaSAT) Today CopaSAT announced it has opened a new cutting-edge 15,000 square foot facility for advanced SATCOM and tactical expeditionary power systems development for special forces and defense in Largo, Florida as it simultaneously restructures leadership of the organization.

“Off-the-shelf-solutions don’t meet the needs of tactical, forward-deployed units. Our new facility will extend our custom development and engineering capabilities to do even more to support the unique requirements of deployed military forces and remote commercial operations,” says Obie Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, CopaSAT. “Our investment in this facility also consolidates CopaSAT and our recent October 2019 acquisition of Virideon ruggedized, portable power supplies into a single location. At the same time, we have restructured our leadership with my returning to the role of CEO for CopaSAT which I founded in 2014. Chris Sperandio continues to lead CopaSAT research, development and engineering as CTO and David Spillker continues to lead our Virideon expeditionary power product line. Scott Bohnsack, previous President, has stepped down from his positions at CopaSAT and Eclipse Composites Engineering,” continues Johnson.

The company expects to continue making investments in design, development, engineering and manufacturing, as well as hiring experienced technical engineering and computer-aided design professionals.

CopaSAT is recognized for its CopaSAT STORM SATCOM on-the-move (SOTM) flat-panel satellite terminal solution specifically designed for harsh, remote environments military forces often encounter.

The new CopaSAT special forces and defense research, development and engineering facility is located at 12501 71st Court N, Largo, Florida 33773.

About CopaSAT

CopaSAT helps government and commercial organizations turn missions in some of the world’s most extreme and remote environments into realized objectives by providing reliable communication and power solutions.

CopaSAT is known for its STORM custom-engineered, ruggedized, military-grade COTM solution that uses Kymeta flat-panel satellite antenna technology. The CopaSAT STORM terminal uses fully ruggedized components and connectors to meet MIL-STD-810G specifications. The STORM continuously and automatically selects between satellite and 3G/4G service to provide best-available connectivity, delivering information to the user through Wi-Fi or wired LAN that can be extended by supported MANET radios.

In 2019, CopaSAT acquired the Virideon Intelligent Power and Energy Router (VIP/ER) product line. The lightweight, tactical expeditionary power solution for sustained mobilized operations makes it easy to bring power virtually anywhere, set it up in minutes, tear it down and set it up again. With Virideon from CopaSAT, power is available to tactical, forward-deployed units working in fluid situations.