Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
Largest Commercial Communications Satellite Nears Completion of Final Test Stage

Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar, has announced that its JUPITER™ 3 ultra-high-density satellite is in the final testing phase before it can begin offering broadband services to customers. The satellite has successfully deployed its solar arrays and antennas and has passed readiness testing by the manufacturer, Maxar Space Systems.
The JUPITER 3 satellite is the largest commercial satellite ever built and will provide over 500 Gbps of additional broadband capacity across North and South America. It will enable Hughes to offer new satellite internet plans, including innovative HughesNet Fusion® Plans that use multipath technology to reduce latency and provide a more responsive internet experience.
The satellite will support Hughes’ efforts to bridge the digital divide and provide internet access to rural customers across the Americas. It will also be used for applications such as in-flight Wi-Fi for airline passengers, enterprise networking, and cellular backhaul for mobile network operators.
The JUPITER 3 satellite is positioned at 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) above the equator at 95 degrees west. Hughes encourages interested individuals to visit their website for more information and updates on the satellite’s progress.
Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar, specializes in providing broadband equipment and services, managed services featuring smart, software-defined networking, and end-to-end network operation. Their flagship internet service, HughesNet®, connects millions of people across the Americas, and their JUPITER™ System powers internet access for millions more worldwide. Hughes is a leading supplier of satellite terminals to satellite operators, mobile network operators, and military customers. They also provide managed network services to hundreds of thousands of enterprise sites.