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SSL to provide ultra high-density satellite to Hughes Network

Will provide more concentrated capacity for broadband, mobility and cellular services over high-use areas.


PALO ALTO, Calif. — Space Systems Loral (SSL) has signed a contract to provide an ultra high-density satellite to Hughes Network Systems LLC.

The EchoStar XXIV will be part of the Hughes JUPITER System, a high-throughput platform of more than 20 satellites operated by various providers of broadband enterprise, mobility and cellular services.

No financial details were provided.

SSL, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based manufacturing arm of communications company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) in Richmond, BC, said the satellite’s technologies include 18 patented “advances” that provide more concentrated capacity over high-use areas.

Its new architecture includes miniaturized electronics, solid-state amplifiers and more efficient antenna designs.

“The new capabilities that we have developed will underpin the next generation of satellite systems that will serve the increasing consumption of data around the world,” said Dario Zamarian, SSL’s group president.

Hughes, based in Germantown, Md., is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp., a global provider of satellite operations.

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