Hughes has announced it has signed a contract with SSL to build its next-generation JUPITER 3 Ultra High Density Satellite (UHDS), to be designated EchoStar XXIV. The new satellite is targeted at key markets across the Americas and will more than double the Hughes Ka-band capacity in the region. Powered by the next-generation JUPITER System, the new satellite will enable significant increases in service performance, with speeds of 100 Mbps.
EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3 will increase capacity and support business expansion in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other countries in South America. Planned for launch in early 2021, the satellite will drive the continued growth of HughesNet, and provide new capacity across a wide range of service sectors, including consumer, enterprise, aeronautical, cellular backhaul and community Wi-Fi markets.
“We are happy to once again partner with SSL in raising the standard for innovation in broadband satellite technology and services,” said Pradman Kaul, President of Hughes. “With EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3, our satellite fleet will deliver unmatched performance, coverage and speeds, powering continued growth of HughesNet—which today serves 60 percent of the market for high-speed satellite Internet in the Americas.”
“EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3 will help Hughes satisfy the increasing demand for high-speed Internet around the globe,” said Dario Zamarian, group president at SSL. “The significant breakthrough in performance that the new satellite will deliver demonstrates the depth and breadth of our partnership with Hughes, and ensures that space-based systems will continue to be an essential part of the world’s telecommunications infrastructure.”