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Government agencies can enjoy expanded broadband communication coverage with the help of Low Earth Orbit satellite services like the one offered by Hughes, according to Rick Lober vice president and general manager of the government, defense and intelligence systems division at Hughes Network Systems. In an article Hughes released Wednesday, Lober underscored that LEO satellites can provide coverage to remote areas that cannot be reached by other forms of communication while still offering low-latency internet connection in support of a variety of applications like videoconferencing or VPN access.

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James Clevenger, director of government sales at Hughes Network Systems, said government agencies transitioning to the General Services Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract should consider deploying low Earth orbit satellite connectivity to expand their broadband capacity and transport options. In an opinion piece published Friday, Clevenger wrote that LEO satellites have the capability to deliver low latency connectivity in remote locations, supporting videoconferencing and other latency-intensive applications.

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Jupiter 3, an ultra high density satellite operated by EchoStar company Hughes Network Systems, began undergoing over the air testing with ground systems on Nov. 16, following the deployment of its solar array and antennas and the completion of a readiness test by the space systems business of Maxar Technologies, the spacecraft's manufacturer. Hughes said Thursday the satellite will work to increase the company's broadband capacity over North and South America by 500 Gbps, particularly benefiting plans under the HughesNet satellite internet service.

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CesiumAstro completed an over-the-air demonstration of a Ka-band satellite communications terminal it developed with SES and Hughes Network Systems. The OTA demo, which took place in Austin, Texas, focused on the connectivity of CesiumAstro's terminal with SES’ geosynchronous orbit satellite and Hughes' HM400 software-defined modem located at a ground station in Maryland.

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Hughes Network Systems VP and GM Rick Lober gives an exclusive look at forthcoming projects at Hughes, such as a new LEO offering, a 5G satellite project and an ongoing interest in software-defined networking.

Digital twins are another ascendent technology making a huge impact on the satellite industry and beyond. If you want to know more from some of the U.S. government's foremost experts on the subject, attend the virtual Digital Twins Forum on Nov. 1. Register here now.

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Hughes Network Systems, an EchoStar company, has won a spot on a $900 million U.S. Space Force contract to provide Low Earth Orbit satellite-based offerings. The five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award enables the Department of Defense, other federal agencies and international coalition partners to procure fully managed, low-latency LEO services from Hughes using capacity on two satellite constellations, the […] More
James Clevenger, director of government sales at Hughes Network Systems, said geostationary and low-Earth orbit satellites can help the Federal Emergency Management Agency maintain communications in the event of a natural disaster. In a commentary published Friday on Federal News Network, Clevenger wrote that FEMA should take advantage of cost-effective emerging technologies to resolve communication […] More
Hughes Network Systems, an EchoStar company, has deployed Jupiter 3, a next-generation ultra-high-density satellite manufactured by Maxar Technologies, to space aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. The Ka-band spacecraft, also known as EchoStar XXIV, was released from the launch vehicle three hours and twenty-eight minutes after lift-off from Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A in […] More
James Clevenger, director of government sales at Hughes Network Systems, said there are three key takeaways from a recent event attended by state information technology leaders in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and one of those is that government agencies are initiating efforts to be more agile by adopting emerging technologies to meet their enterprise objectives […] More
Hughes Network Systems has unveiled a virtualized software-defined wide-area networking technology intended to orchestrate diverse satellite and terrestrial networks operated by the Department of Defense. The Smart Network Edge software optimizes 5G, cable, fiber, geostationary and low Earth orbit satellite networks to manage multi-transport modems remotely, enable autonomous routing path selection and distribute packetized data […] More
A Hughes Network Systems-led industry team has launched a private fifth-generation wireless network at a U.S. Navy installation in Washington state. Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s 5G platform is designed to help service personnel coordinate communications over the base in real time and accelerate digital information processing work, Hughes said Thursday. The launch comes one […] More
ThinKom has demonstrated an airborne satellite communications antenna over SES‘ medium Earth orbit and geostationary satellite networks to deliver multi-orbit connectivity in support of manned and unmanned command and control missions. The ThinKom ThinAir Ka2517 airborne satcom terminal showcased its capability to interface with Hughes Network Systems‘ software-defined ruggedized HM400 airborne modem to enable roaming […] More
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