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S-band LEO Constellation for IoT Connectivity

New Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation from EchoStar to power connectivity for smart devices. 


Introducing EchoStar Lyra™, the S-band, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation for global Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. EchoStar, the parent company of Hughes, has rights to unique S-band spectrum worldwide, well-suited for IoT, machine-to-machine and direct-to-device applications.  

Expected to begin launching in late 2024, the 28-satellite EchoStar Lyra constellation will provide both a commercial IoT services and a platform for ongoing development of our global S-band portfolio. The satellites will be manufactured by Astro Digital and operated by EchoStar Global, an Australian subsidiary of EchoStar.  

Features of the EchoStar Lyra constellation:

  • Advanced software-defined radio with onboard storage and processing to power smart two-way device connectivity
  • Serves as a foundation for EchoStar to engineer 5G New Radio (NR) based NTN capabilities according to 3GPP release 17 specifications
  • Will deliver global IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M) and other data services

We continue to develop innovative S-band services on our quest toward providing ubiquitous connectivity around the world. Our first-generation S-band constellation makes use of the EchoStar XXI satellite. It’s the first pan-European LoRa®-enabled IoT network, currently available through our sister company EchoStar Mobile. With seamless coverage and LoRa®-enabled network design, the network can be used for applications like agritech and environmental monitoring across widely distributed sites across Europe. 

The global commercial IoT services offered over our EchoStar Lyra constellation represent our next generation S-band offering, setting the stage for our future generation offering, when we fulfill our vision of a global wideband S-band 5G NTN system for direct-to-device connectivity.

Contact us today for more information about the EchoStar Lyra constellation.

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