Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar, has achieved a major milestone with the completion of the deployment of solar arrays and antennas for its Jupiter 3 ultra-high-density satellite. The satellite, which was manufactured by Maxar Space Systems, has undergone successful readiness testing and is now entering the final phase of satellite communications testing with ground equipment.
The Jupiter 3 satellite is designed to provide over 500 Gbps of additional broadband capacity across North and South America, making it the largest commercial satellite ever built. This increased capacity will benefit customers who live in areas where cable and fiber internet is not available, providing them with ubiquitous connectivity.
In addition to serving individual consumers, the Jupiter 3 satellite will also support Hughes’ commitment to bridging the digital divide by providing internet access to rural communities. The satellite’s capabilities will extend to applications such as in-flight Wi-Fi for airline passengers, enterprise networking, and cellular backhaul for mobile network operators.
Positioned at 22,236 miles above the equator at 95 degrees west, the Jupiter 3 satellite is strategically located to significantly improve connectivity in the region. The successful completion of the solar array and antenna deployment, combined with successful testing, marks an important step in meeting the increasing demand for high-speed broadband services in North and South America.
Note: I could not add more information as requested because the original article did not provide any additional details beyond what is already mentioned.