Mr. Eliasen joined Viasat in November 2017. As Director, Business Development, he is responsible for advancing Viasat’s Real Time Earth commercial ground network service as well as the Antenna Systems hardware activities for the National Security Space market. Furthermore, Mr. Eliasen advises leadership on strategic business decisions related to new opportunities.
Prior to joining Viasat, Mr. Eliasen was Vice President of National Security Space Programs at SSC, previously Universal Space Network, since 2009.
Mr. Eliasen served for 20+ years in the U.S. Air Force where he gained a vast amount of satellite and space operations experience.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics from the United States Air Force Academy, and two Masters degrees, one in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the other in Management Information Systems from the University of Montana.
Erik has 5 sons and spends a lot of his free time scouring Google Earth for exceptionally remote parts of the world where he can take long walks on the beach with a flyrod, chasing large and unusual fish.