Some of you have contacted us in regards to the explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Cape Canaveral this week. We would like to clarify that this unfortunate accident will not have any impact on the launch schedule of our Jupiter 2 satellite.
The Jupiter 2 satellite will launch on an Atlas 5 'heavy lift' rocket. This is a different model than the SpaceX rocket. The Atlas 5 uses an entirely different launch pad, different launch infrastructure and different launch equipment than SpaceX. There are many launch pads at Cape Canaveral. Jupiter 2 is planned to launch from a pad more than 3 miles away from where the SpaceX accident occurred.
The Jupiter 2 satellite is built and currently going through final testing in the Space Systems/Loral factory in California. We are scheduled to ship it to Florida next month and launch it in early December. At this time, all systems are 'go' for launch.
In order to get service from a Ka band satellite you have to be aimed AT that specific satellite (Spaceway3 located at 95' W.) and within the footprint of one of the "beams" within that satellite. You also would need a ODU (out door unit) and modem that operates with the frequencies being used by that satellite.
In comparison Gen4 users are aimed at Exhostar17 located at 107.1'W and use HT1100 modems and a different "radio" on the dish arm.
I forget at the moment where the final planned orbital location of J2 is but it is not in orbital slot 95'W.
Hughes in the past has offered incentives to switch to new technology and I'm sure they will with this new bird.
The satellite’s entry into service will trigger the start of a recently signed contract with Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) of Los Angeles, which provides satellite connectivity to business and commercial aircraft.
The GEE deal was Hughes’s first in the fast-growing aeronautical connectivity sector. Hughes President Pradman P. Kaul said Hughes’s aeronautical modem can deliver 200 megabits per second of throughput per aircraft.