An engineering powerhouse, JUPITER™ 3 marks a new era of rural connectivity with faster speeds and more than 500 Gbps of capacity. Doubling the size of the entire Hughes JUPITER High Throughput Satellite fleet, JUPITER 3 enables us to serve even more customers across the Americas. Click on each of the links to learn more about the largest commercial communications satellite ever built.
A Geostationary satellite, like the entire JUPITER fleet, orbits the Earth at 22,300 miles above the Earth. As the largest commercial communications satellite ever launched, JUPITER 3 will bring more capacity to the areas that need it most, reaching nearly 80% of the populations across the Americas.
The main structure or body of the satellite contains the power and propulsion systems, the communications payload and all the engineering intelligence that delivers connectivity for thousands and thousands of customers across the Western Hemisphere.
These antenna form hundreds of small spot beams that carry data signals to and from customers’ homes. They also send and receive data from gateways on Earth that connect with the internet.
These tiny rockets attached to the bus are fired by operators on Earth to adjust the satellite’s position in space and keep it within its designated orbital slot at 95° West.
These high-powered solar panels collect the sun’s energy to power JUPITER 3 for its entire lifetime (about 15 years). With 7 panels on each side, the arrays measure 127 feet end to end when deployed. (That’s bigger than a blue whale, the largest animal on the planet.)
Spot beams provide highly focused signals to a specific geographic area. JUPITER 3 boasts 300 spot beams across its coverage area to help alleviate network congestion while enabling a faster user experience. Small and highly concentrated spot beams allow for high-throughput signals to reach even more customers.