The successful deployment of Hughes Network Systems’ JUPITER 3 ultra-high-density satellite, also known as EchoStar XXIV, has marked a significant leap forward in the field of satellite internet connectivity. The mission was carried out with the assistance of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, launching from the iconic Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A in Florida.
The EchoStar subsidiary commissioned Maxar Technologies, located in Palo Alto, CA, to construct the satellite, which is purposed to deliver gigabytes of internet connectivity to users scattered across North and South America.
Following the July 29 launch at 2:32 a.m. EDT, JUPITER 3 detached from the launch vehicle three hours and twenty-eight minutes later. The process included the activation of the satellite’s first signals and the deployment of its solar arrays, which expanded in space to reach a ten-story span.
EchoStar CEO Hamid Akhavan commented on the breakthrough, remarking, “JUPITER 3 is the highest capacity, highest performing satellite we’ve ever launched.” EchoStar has long been a pioneer in the satellite internet sector, and with this new release, the company aims to push the boundaries of connectivity even further, particularly in regions less accessible by cable and fiber.
Akhavan added, “This purpose-built satellite is engineered uniquely to meet our customers’ needs and target capacity where it’s needed most, such as the most rural regions of the Americas, so they can stay connected to the applications and services they depend on every day.”
After its deployment, the satellite will undertake a journey into a geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above the Earth, destined for the 95 degrees west orbital slot. Following its arrival, JUPITER 3 will undergo rigorous bus and payload testing prior to its operational phase. Once in service, the satellite is projected to amplify the Hughes JUPITER fleet with an additional capacity of over 500 Gbps.
Akhavan further noted the various applications of the advanced technology. “Whether helping a student in Mexico expand her horizons with access to technology, connecting a farmer in Idaho with the tools to monitor his crops, or connecting a senior in Montana to her doctor via a telehealth appointment, JUPITER 3 will connect our customers to what matters most,” he said.
With the launch of JUPITER 3, Hughes Network Systems anticipates an upgrade in its HughesNet service offerings for customers in the U.S. and Latin America, including an overall increase in broadband capacity and higher-speed plans across various markets. Some of these plans might offer download speeds as high as 100 Mbps. Furthermore, the company will also introduce high-speed HughesNet Fusion plans, a revolutionary low-latency home internet service which employs multipath technology to merge satellite and wireless technologies into a streamlined, low-latency satellite internet experience.
In addition to enhancing residential and commercial internet connectivity, JUPITER 3’s dense, high-throughput capacity will also bolster applications such as in-flight Wi-Fi, enterprise networking, and cellular backhaul for mobile network operators (MNOs).