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Hughes Wins U.S. Air Force Study Contract for Interoperable SATCOM Communications Architecture

Hughes Selects Space Systems Loral To Build Next-Generation Ultra High Density Satellite

In June 2017, Hughes was awarded a Wideband Communications Architecture Study (WCAS) contract to support the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Command for resilient, cost-effective satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities. Under the contract, Hughes will investigate a wide-ranging commercial perspective on how different satellite transports can work together for wideband government applications. An overall goal is to expand the flexibility and interoperability of U.S. Government satellite communications capabilities. The effort was led by Dr. Rajeev Gopal, senior technical director, Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD), and multiple systems engineers who have worked with the customer on these advanced network management techniques over the last few years. “This new contract reinforces our capabilities in delivering innovative solutions for the Department of Defense (DoD) employing high-throughput satellites, ground infrastructure, and network management systems which span multiple transport technologies,” stated Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes DISD. “Hughes looks forward to bidding on two additional larger pilot programs to support the DoD in assessing how commercial SATCOM can play a key role in deployment of interoperable and resilient global communications and serve as an important adjunct to existing DoD satellite systems.”

New EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3 satellite will anchor the world’s largest and fastest satellite broadband network

Hughes announced a contract with Space Systems Loral (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 increase the Hughes Ka-band capacity in the region by two to three times. Powered by the next-generation JUPITER System, the new satellite will enable significant increases in service performance, with speeds of up to 100 Mbps. “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 increase capacity and support business expansion in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and other countries in South America. The launch is planned for early 2021.

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