Yesterday was an exciting day! We launched the biggest, baddest communications satellite ever built into orbit. You can check out a recap of the launch on United Launch Alliance’s YouTube page here
EchoStar XIX, which has become known as JUPITER® 2, took flight on Sunday at Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida on a monster Atlas V rocket. It is off to join EchoStar XVII, or JUPITER 1, in geosynchronous orbit over the equator. Together, JUPITER 1 and JUPITER 2 will comprise a complete, comprehensive network (another reason we’re named Hughes Network Systems!) over the continental United States, parts of Alaska and Puerto Rico for our new Gen5 service plans.
We announced some of the details of Gen5 back in September at our 7th Annual HughesNet Summit in Jupiter Beach, Florida. After a couple of years of dealing with beam congestion in some areas and limited speeds in the mountain states on our SPACEWAY® satellite, imagine a world of faster plans with big data allowances in all corners of the continental United States! These are exciting times, indeed.
It will take a number of weeks for the JUPITER 2 satellite to reach geosynchronous orbit at 22,300 miles over the equator. That distance in space keeps the satellite in exactly the same position over the equator, even as the Earth rotates every 24 hours. Once the satellite reaches orbit, solar panels will deploy to keep the batteries fully charged, and the testing of the satellite will begin. Space Systems Loral, the manufacturer of the satellite, will complete the first round of testing. Once they are satisfied that everything is in proper working order, Hughes is handed control of the satellite, and we conduct our series of tests with our gateways and Network Operations Center. Finally, in early Q2 2017, we’ll be ready to roll out Gen5!
As a HughesNet Retailer, you will see the details of the new plans and programs in early January 2017. That will give you plenty of time to get your advertising and marketing ready to go. It will also give you time to hire some additional salespeople and installers! We anticipate that next year will be the highest volume sales year in our history. Are you ready for the increase in business? As I have said for years, this Internet thing is really starting to catch on. The demand is there.
Our Retailers and JUPITER 2 will change the world for many hundreds of thousands of consumers across this country! Thanks for being with Hughes, the leader in satellite communications!
Check out some of these exciting photos
of EchoStar XIX when it was being prepped for launch.