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High-throughput Satellite Constellation

Delivering essential satellite broadband services and solutions.

The Hughes fleet of High-Throughput Satellites (HTS) supports a variety of consumer, business, enterprise, in-flight and mobile network operator applications across two continents. The fleet provides coast-to-coast coverage of the continental US, Mexico, most of Canada, and major parts of Central and South America. JUPITER 2 / EchoStar XIX is one of the world’s highest capacity broadband satellites, and, together with JUPITER 1 / EchoStar XVII and the Hughes 65 West and Hughes 63 West payloads, it enables HughesNet Gen5 high-speed satellite Internet service across North and South America, delivering more speed, more data, and more advanced features for consumers and small businesses.

The Hughes HTS fleet is powered by JUPITER™ System technology, the next-generation satellite broadband platform from Hughes, engineered to deliver the highest possible capacity and performance.


Hughes has a 15-year agreement with Eutelsat Communications for the entire Ka-band capacity connected to the Brazilian service area on the Hughes 65W satellite. In July 2016, Hughes began utilizing this capacity to launch of HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in Brazil, the company’s first international deployment of its award-winning consumer service outside of North America. HughesNet service reaches 85 percent of Brazil’s population, bringing the many benefits of affordable broadband Internet access to consumers and businesses either unserved or underserved by terrestrial broadband.

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Hughes 63 West is a hosted Ka-band payload on the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite, which launched July 22, 2018. Hughes made an early commitment to the Telstar 19V satellite, which was manufactured by SSL and optimized to serve bandwidth-intensive applications. Hughes 63 West brings substantial capacity to five countries in Latin America, complementing the Hughes 65 West capacity already in service over Brazil, enhancing the JUPITER 2 satellite services in Colombia, and bringing new broadband connectivity to Peru, Ecuador and Chile. With the addition of Hughes 63 West, Hughes offers connectivity to more than 90% of the populations in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.


JUPITER 1 (designated EchoStar XVII) is a next-generation, Ka-band satellite that was successfully launched on July 5, 2012.  It is designed with 120 Gbps of capacity―over 10 times the capacity of its predecessor SPACEWAY 3 and up to 100 times more than conventional Ku-band satellites. The satellite employs a multi-spot beam, bent-pipe Ka-band architecture and operates in geostationary orbit to enable HughesNet high-speed Internet services in North America. Its capabilities augmented the successful SPACEWAY 3 satellite system, the world’s first with on-board switching and routing, which Hughes put into commercial service in April 2008.

JUPITER 2 / EchoStar XIX

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In March 2017, JUPITER 2 (designated EchoStar XIX) entered service, bringing more capacity to the continental U.S., as well as Mexico and Canada. EchoStar XIX dramatically increased capacity for HughesNet® high-speed satellite Internet service in North America. Employing a multi-spot beam, bent-pipe Ka-band architecture, EchoStar XIX delivers more than 200 Gbps of capacity―50 percent more capacity than EchoStar XVII.  


The SPACEWAY 3 system was designed and developed by Hughes as a next-generation, Ka-band broadband satellite system, the world’s first to employ on-board traffic switching and routing. SPACEWAY 3 was launched successfully in August 2007 and delivers a range of broadband IP services to enterprise, government, and consumer/small business customers in North America. Combined with many other advances in satellite technology, such as 10 Gbps overall capacity, fast packet switching, and spot beam forming, the SPACEWAY 3 satellite ushered in a new world of bandwidth-on-demand satellite services, with true peer-to-peer, single-hop networking of high-performance ground terminals.


Currently, Hughes is building its next-generation JUPITER 3 Ultra-High-Density Satellite (UHDS), which will be designated EchoStar XXIV. Targeted to cover key markets across the Americas, it will increase 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 download speeds up to 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 the second half of 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, government, cellular backhaul, and community Wi-Fi markets.