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With growth of its HughesNet® satellite broadband consumer service continuing at a record pace, Hughes is once again embarking on a world first. The company recently announced plans to launch in mid-2016 what will be the world’s highest-capacity broadband satellite—JUPITER™ 2/EchoStar XIX.
With over 150 Gbps throughput, the new Ka-band satellite will have 50 percent greater capacity than JUPITER 1/EchoStar XVII, which was launched in July 2012. Building on the success of EchoStar XVII, the new satellite is being designed with a next-generation architecture having more than 120 spot beams, facilitating optimization of high-quality Internet coverage across the U.S. and parts of Canada and Central America.
Space Systems/Loral (see “The Making of Jupiter”) has been selected to manufacture the new satellite whose expected service lifetime is 15 years or greater. Joining the fleet of Hughes satellites, EchoStar XVII and SPACEWAY® 3, the new satellite will further power the growth of HughesNet in North America—the world’s largest high-speed satellite Internet service—to meet the soaring demand for higher speeds, robust applications, and media-rich online experiences.