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Aeronautical Broadband Solutions

With over 10 years of providing in-flight connectivity for commercial, government and private aircraft, Hughes has extensive experience in satellite-based aeronautical broadband solutions. Hughes’ first-generation aeronautical broadband system is deployed on over 750 commercial aircraft operating around the world with airlines such as Southwest Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, IcelandAir, and flydubai.

Hughes’ latest-generation JUPITER aeronautical solution is an integrated system of airborne and ground equipment and software that together deliver the next generation of broadband performance for commercial aircraft operating throughout the world.

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Both the ground and airborne hardware components of the system represent the state-of-the art in the industry in terms of processing power, packaging density, system capability and reliability. Likewise, the system software incorporates highly advanced and powerful mobility features, such as enhanced beam switching, adaptive coding and modulation and advanced Doppler correction, enabling rapid and uninterrupted switching from satellite to satellite as well as from beam to beam in spot beam environments.

Designed to operate with both spot and wide beam satellites as well as both the Ka- and Ku-bands, Hughes’ JUPITER aeronautical solution has been designed from the ground up to deliver a level of performance and reliability that will serve the needs of the airlines and their passengers well into the next decade.

Highlights of Hughes’ JUPITER Aeronautical Solution:

Capacity and spectral efficiency: The JUPITER system employs wideband TDM outroute (download to aircraft) channel transmission based on the latest generation industry standard—Extension of Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite-Second Generation (DVB-S2X). The TDMA inroute channels (upload from aircraft) use state-of-the-art coding and encapsulation. Both outroute and inroutes use Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) to maintain superior efficiency and availability. In addition, the latest compression techniques are applied to minimize overhead and maximize user data throughput.

Dual Band Operation: This system is designed to be fully compatible with all commercial Ka- and Ku-band satellite resources throughout the world, making it the ideal solution to enable airlines to deliver uninterrupted, high-performance connectivity for the entire gate-to-gate duration of every flight, regardless of where in the world the flight is operating.

Aero Terminal Performance and Capabilities: The JUPITER Aero Terminal is a high-performance dual-band terminal capable of speeds in excess of 400 Mbps along with a host of advanced mobility and traffic handling features.

Beam and Satellite Switching Speed: The JUPITER system incorporates powerful processing capability combined with advanced algorithms that enable extremely rapid switching between individual beams within a satellite and between satellites.

Application Performance: The JUPITER system incorporates advanced Quality of Service (QoS) features that enable classification and prioritization of traffic to ensure that the various application types enjoy consistent and responsive performance.

Gateway Footprint: JUPITER gateways incorporate wideband multicarrier modulators, wideband multicarrier demodulators, and high-performance multicore blade servers enabling very high rack density, minimizing floor space and power consumption. The gateway design incorporates full automatic redundancy for all traffic carrying components and is designed for remote lights-out operation from a remote network control center.

With the ever increasing demand for speed, capacity and performance that airlines and their passengers expect from aeronautical broadband service, the underlying technology has never been more important or critical.  In addition, in light of the significant investment involved in equipping aircraft for service, it is vitally important that the system and technology deliver a long and effective service life.  Every aspect of Hughes’ Jupiter aeronautical broadband system has been designed from the ground up to not only meet the industry’s current needs with superior performance, efficiency and economics, but also ensure the evolving needs and expectations of airlines and their passengers are served in an equally effective manner well into the future.