Palo Alto, Calif. & GERMANTOWN, Md. – May 14, 2012 – Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, today announced that the EchoStar XVII satellite, designed and built for Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. One of the highest capacity satellites ever built, EchoStar XVII will be used to provide HughesNet® Gen4 high-speed Internet service in North America.
“Broadband access is essential for participation in today’s Internet economy,” said John Celli, president of Space Systems/Loral. “It has been our privilege to team with Hughes and apply our four decades of experience with Ka-band satellites to help make their vision of expanded high-speed satellite Internet access across North America a reality.”
EchoStar XVII, with JUPITER high-throughput technology, is an all Ka-band, broadband satellite designed to provide well in excess of 100 gigabits per second capacity to HughesNet’s rapidly growing subscriber base. Its multi-spot beam architecture will expand coverage and focus capacity on the areas with the highest traffic demand for enhanced services by consumers and businesses in North America.
“EchoStar XVII will bring HughesNet Gen4 high-speed Internet access to over 1.5 million consumer and small business subscribers, further securing our position as the world’s leading provider of satellite broadband services,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. “Space Systems/Loral has been an excellent partner in building this complex spacecraft and we are very excited to see it launch next month.”
Based on the highly reliable Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, EchoStar XVII is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer. The satellite will be the fourth dedicated broadband satellite built by SS/L to orbit the Earth.