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Lockheed Martin and EchoStar have retrieved the EchoStar III communications satellite in a joint operation that culminated in its deactivation and relocation to a graveyard orbit. The satellite’s retirement was executed in line with Federal Communications Commission rules in response to an incident involving the satellite in July, Lockheed said Wednesday. EchoStar unveiled in early August that […] More
Lockheed Martin‘s commercial launch services business has sent a communications satellite into orbit for client Hughes Network Systems using a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V 431 rocket. The EchoStar XIX satellite lifted off Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Station’s Space Launch Complex 41 in Florida at 2:13 p.m. Eastern time, Lockheed said Sunday. The satellite is designed to help the HughesNet Gen5 system deliver […] More
Lockheed Martin has encapsulated an EchoStar broadband satellite into a launch vehicle fairing platform ahead of a scheduled Dec. 18 launch aboard United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V 431 rocket. The EchoStar XIX satellite was connected to an adapter and enclosed in a “nose cone” as part of the encapsulation, Lockheed said Monday. Lockheed secured a contract in August 2015 to provide launch support services […] More
Lockheed Martin‘s commercial launch services subsidiary will support the launch of EchoStar‘s Jupiter 2 or XIX communications satellite in late 2016 aboard United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V rocket. EchoStar said Wednesday the SSL-built EchoStar XIX is a Ka-band satellite that works to provide satellite Internet service to North American customers of HughesNet. The satellite will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force […] More
Jerry Jason, a former NASA flight director for the International Space Station, has been appointed vice president of spacecraft operations and engineering at EchoStar Corp. subsidiary EchoStar Satellite Services LLC. Jason will handle flight operations, engineering and analysis functions for the company’s 23 owned, leased and managed spacecraft, the company said Tuesday. He will also […] More

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.


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.

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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
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
Hughes Network Systems has been listed in Fortune magazine’s ranking of companies that have demonstrated a social impact in core business strategies. Fortune placed Hughes in the top 10 of its Change the World List and cited the firm’s efforts to facilitate communications in disaster recovery efforts with technology, the company said Monday. Hughes operated more than […] More
When working with U.S. government agencies on defining next-generation space technologies, industry leaders across the board are all hands on-deck. SSL Government Systems, for instance, is helping the U.S. Air Force test the security of hosting payloads on commercial satellites; researching power and propulsion for NASA’s Deep Space gateway; developing concepts for advanced military satellite […] More
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