MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced on August 9 that its subsidiary, Space Systems Loral (SSL) has signed a contract to provide JUPITER 3, a transformational Ultra High Density Satellite (UHDS), to Hughes Network Systems, LLC to be designated EchoStar XXIV. The technologies included in this satellite will provide more concentrated capacity over high-use areas than any other satellite and will power future generations of Hughes consumer, enterprise and aeronautical services across the Americas.
“The new capabilities that we have developed will underpin the next generation of satellite systems that will serve the increasing consumption of data around the world,” said Dario Zamarian, group president at SSL. “This breakthrough in performance demonstrates our commitment to broadening the markets that we serve. It also demonstrates the success of our internal research and development programs, which will help ensure that space continues to be an essential part of the world’s networking and telecommunications infrastructure and will help drive the next wave of growth in the sector.”
The EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3 Ultra High Density Satellite will feature an entirely new architecture based on a broad range of technology advances, the company said, including the miniaturization of electronics, solid state amplifiers, and more efficient antenna designs. SSL has patented 18 technology advances that were incorporated into the spacecraft design, enabling it to provide highly concentrated capacity in critical areas.
“SSL is a trusted partner with exceptional engineering talent and a commitment to making high speed communications more accessible around the world,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes Network Systems. “EchoStar XXIV/JUPITER 3 will deliver unprecedented levels of service by concentrating capacity where the users are. The demand for broadband capacity only continues to increase and, with this satellite, Hughes will be able to deliver more speed, more data, and more advanced features for consumer, enterprise, aeronautical and community Wi-Fi customers across the Americas.”