PALO ALTO, CALIF., and GERMANTOWN, MD.: EchoStar soon will be launching a high-capacity broadband satellite. Space Systems/Loral, which built the bird for EchoStar subsidiary Hughes Network Systems, said the satellite had arrived in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be carried aloft aboard the Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher.
The satellite, EchoStar XVII will be used to provide HughesNet Gen4 high-speed Internet service in North America. EchoStar XVII is an all Ka-band, broadband satellite designed to provide more than 100 Gbps capacity to the HughesNet subscriber base. Its multi-spot beam architecture will expand coverage and focus capacity on the areas with the highest traffic demand. The satellite will be the fourth dedicated broadband satellite built by SS/L to orbit the earth.
EchoStar Launches Ka-Band Bird
EchoStar is set to rocket into orbit again with EchoStar IX, the first-ever commercial spot-beam Ka-band satellite to serve the United States, the company said. The Ka-band portion of the satellite will be used to deliver services EchoStar describes as "future broadband initiatives." The payload also includes Ku-band