JUPITER™ 2/EchoStar XIX to provide 50 percent more throughput than EchoStar XVII
launched last summer
PALO ALTO, CA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Space Systems/Loral (SSL), today announced that it has been selected by Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) to build what will be the world's highest capacity
broadband satellite—JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX. The new Ka-band satellite
will help meet the growing demand for HughesNet® Gen4 high-speed satellite Internet service in North America, with 50
percent more capacity than EchoStar XVII, also known as JUPITER 1,
which was launched in July 2012.
"Hughes is a pioneer in providing satellite broadband to the consumer
market and there is an excellent spirit of teamwork between our
companies," said John Celli, president of SSL. "JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX will be the highest capacity
broadband satellite ever built, as a result of technology advances from
both our companies."
JUPITER 2/EchoStar XIX is a large, multi-spot beam Ka-band satellite
based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 space-proven platform, which provides the flexibility to support a broad range of
applications and technology advances. SSL is the leader in building
high-throughput broadband satellites with four decades of Ka-band
experience. The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years
or longer and is planned to be launched in mid-2016.
"We are very glad to once again work with SSL's innovative use of
spotbeam technology to leapfrog prior capabilities," said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. "EchoStar XVII is performing very well on orbit
and record growth of our HughesNet Gen4 high-speed Internet service has
given us the confidence that we need for continued fleet expansion."
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of
satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network
technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and
governments globally. HughesNet is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet
service in the marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To
date, Hughes has shipped more than 3.3 million systems to customers in
over 100 countries, representing over 50 percent market share.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA,
Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly
owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier
global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For
additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.
SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft
systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As
the world's leading provider of commercial satellites, the company
works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a
broad range of services including television and radio distribution,
digital audio radio, broadband Internet, and mobile communications.
Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day.
For more information, visit www.ssloral.com.
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which reflect the current view of Space Systems/Loral (SSL) with
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operating satellites and providing satellite services, including
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satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of SSL's
end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers,
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