Hughes Network Systems has unveiled its JUPITER Aero System, saying it offers the industry’s fastest in-flight Internet connectivity speeds.
Hughes says the new inflight connectivity solution is capable of supporting speeds in excess of 400 Mbps and operates on both Ka and Ku-band frequencies, making it the ideal solution for commercial air routes throughout the world.
The company adds that the JUPITER Aero System leverages the proven capabilities of its market-leading JUPITER System—the mostly widely deployed high-throughput satellite (HTS) system in the world—to deliver high-performance mobility services across both HTS and conventional satellites.
The JUPITER System supports DVB-S2X—the satellite industry’s latest air interface standard and widely recognized as the most bandwidth efficient standard developed for satellite transmissions.
The dual-band JUPITER aeronautical terminal is based on ARINC 791 and incorporates a highly advanced Modem Manager (MODMAN) along with an option for a dual Ka and Ku-band antenna.
The terminal is fully compatible with both wide-beam and spot-beam satellites and supports rapid switching between beams and satellites, without loss of session as an aircraft traverses the coverage area, thus enabling passengers to enjoy uninterrupted high-speed connectivity around the globe.
Hughes adds that the JUPITER Aero System incorporates the most advanced mobility features in the industry today, including Doppler correction, adaptive coding and modulation, and enhanced beam switching, allowing seamless hand-offs between beams and from satellite to satellite—all managed by a single Network Management System (NMS).
The system also includes a number of advanced features to improve the passenger experience, including onboard traffic management, Quality of Service (QoS), compression and acceleration.
For air routes over the North America, customers will be able to utilise the new JUPITER Aero System in conjunction with the newly-launched EchoStar XIX satellite, the world’s highest-capacity broadband satellite.
This will enable service providers and their customers to take full advantage of the superior speed, throughput and economics of this new satellite.
“Airlines have been challenged to support passengers’ increasing expectations for faster connectivity from gate to gate,” said Paul Gaske, executive vice president, North America, Hughes.
“With our new JUPITER Aero system, in-flight Internet services no longer have to be sub par compared with terrestrial networks.
“Not only does it provide abundant bandwidth to support every passenger on even the largest of airliners, the dual-band capability of the Hughes Modman and antenna systems enables airlines to provide this level of service across the globe.”
Hughes says the JUPITER Aero System will ship in the second half of 2017