Mon. Dec 11th, 2023
Jupiter 3 Satellite Undergoes Testing for Enhanced Broadband Capacity

Jupiter 3, a high-density satellite operated by Hughes Network Systems, a subsidiary of EchoStar, has commenced over the air testing with ground systems. Maxar Technologies, the spacecraft’s manufacturer, completed the readiness test after deploying the satellite’s solar array and antennas.
The primary objective of Jupiter 3 is to increase broadband capacity for Hughes Network Systems by 500 Gbps across North and South America. This is expected to greatly benefit the company’s HughesNet satellite internet service.
The completion of the over the air testing signifies the final step before the satellite becomes operational. EchoStar CEO Hamid Akhavan emphasized the engineering excellence and innovation employed in the development of Jupiter 3. He further mentioned that the satellite aims to extend internet accessibility to customers living in areas beyond the reach of cable and fiber internet.
Jupiter 3 was launched into space on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in late July. It is destined for a geosynchronous orbital slot, where it will undergo further bus and payload testing.
The satellite’s advanced capabilities and increased broadband capacity are expected to significantly improve internet access for users throughout North and South America. With its successful deployment and ongoing testing, Jupiter 3 is poised to enhance broadband connectivity for underserved areas.