December 4, 2019 – Hughes Network System announced that SES will employ the Hughes JUPITER System to enable services on its SES-17 satellite, which is being built by Thales Alenia Space and expected to launch in 2021. The agreement calls for Hughes to supply its next-generation ground network system, including data centers and hub equipment, which will operate over SES-17, a satellite with a highly flexible payload optimized for aviation connectivity and other high-powered data services across the Americas, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic Ocean. The JUPITER System is the satellite platform for very small aperture terminal (VSAT) networks, designed and optimized for broadband services over both high-throughput and conventional satellites. For fixed applications, each JUPITER terminal supports 300 Mbps of throughput – ideal for applications such as cellular backhaul and Community Wi-Fi hotspots. In aero applications, the JUPITER terminal is capable of delivering speeds greater than 600 Mbps and incorporates the latest air interface standard for satellite transmissions. Supporting a superior passenger experience, the JUPITER System enables airlines to deliver uninterrupted, gate-to-gate, high-performance connectivity.