The Manhattan Project is ViaSat’s team for the Tour du Rouge bicycle ride from Houston to New Orleans. We have supported Red Cross and the Gulf Coast for the past several years, and when we heard about this ride, we decided to get involved once again.
It all started with Hurricane Katrina; after seeing the problems in NOLA, we partnered with Qualcomm to integrate their cellular equipment with our satellite equipment over that first terrible weekend to provide basic communications. We flew rapid deploy communications systems on Qualcomm’s jet to help first responders get back on the air.
We now provide Red Cross with our most advanced commercial systems to connect their relief teams back to the Red Cross network. Red Cross teams can order supplies, request help, coordinate volunteers, and re-connect people affected by disasters as easily as the rest of us can use our phones or surf the Web. The ability to connect and pass information is vital to the fine work the Red Cross performs and we’re happy to play a role where we can.
Our team name is a little unusual . . . we admit that. We were out having a couple of Manhattans and solving all the world’s problems after a long day of meetings when we found out about the ride. it seemed like a great opportunity to serve the Red Cross and have fun doing it. The red cherry in the drink seemed to go along with Rouge. With the name sorted, we are turning our attention to the logo and then the jersey . . . Stay tuned!