Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has completed in-orbit testing and handover of EchoStar XIX from Space Systems Loral (SSL), manufacturers of this next-generation, Ka-band high-throughput satellite, the company said.
Placed into geostationary orbit at 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above the earth, the world´s highest capacity broadband satellite was successfully launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida on December 18, 2016, and extensive in-orbit testing was completed in an extremely efficient manner.
Designed with Hughes JUPITER System technology, EchoStar XIX is a Ka-band, high-throughput satellite with 138 beams covering the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico and parts of Canada and Central America. It will power HughesNet Gen5, the next generation of high-speed satellite Internet service in the US, delivering more speed, more data, and more advanced features to consumers and small businesses no matter the location.
Hughes expects EchoStar XIX to be placed into service at the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Hughes Network Systems, LLC provides satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative technology solutions and a comprehensive suite of HughesON managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide.
Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes, please visit www.hughes.com.
EchoStar Corporation is a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies and Hughes Network Systems business segments.