Some new I ran across about Jupiter 2
WASHINGTON — Hughes’ latest high-throughput satellite, EchoStar 19, reached Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station last week in preparation for a Dec. 16 launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket.
EchoStar, the parent company of Hughes, switched launch providers last year after it became evident that the satellite, also known as Jupiter 2, would be too large to launch as a co-passenger on an Ariane 5 rocket as originally planned.Echostar 19/Jupiter 2 — which reached Cape Canaveral Nov. 4 — is a Ka-band satellite that will use high-throughput spot beams to provide consumer broadband under the HughesNet brand. Credit: SSL
EchoStar 19/Jupiter 2 — which reached Cape Canaveral Nov. 4 — is a Ka-band satellite that will use high-throughput spot beams to provide consumer broadband under the HughesNet brand. The satellite will join EchoStar 17/Jupiter 1, launched in July 2012, and Spaceway 3, launched in 2007 — both on Ariane 5s — providing deeper coverage of North America. Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto, California, built EchoStar 17/Jupiter 1, and Boeing Satellite Systems manufactured Spaceway 3.
Once in orbit and providing service, EchoStar 19/Jupiter 2 will enable Hughes of Germantown, Maryland, to grow its currently constrained satellite consumer broadband business, which has almost completely run out of marketable capacity in North America.
“EchoStar 19 will provide us with added capacity to meet the burgeoning demand for HughesNet high-speed satellite Internet service and we look forward to next month’s launch with great anticipation,” Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes, said in a Nov. 7 press release.
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Seems like it was about three months for Echostar17
I imagine a lot of midnight oil is being burned by engineering right now. Beam focus plans, Gateway upgrades and an endless list of details.
I spend hours on planning when I replace the motherboard, processor and RAM in my main system just on wire routing and switch assignments and that is for only 5 OS's and 5 data drives.