"Accepting handover of EchoStar XIX begins the final testing phase in preparation for commercial launch of our fifth-generation HughesNet service. As providers of America's #1 high-speed satellite Internet service, we are excited to now further expand availability of even faster speeds and more data for our customers across the nation. The rapid completion of in-orbit testing is a testament to how well our Hughes and SSL teams worked side-by-side over the last several months to ensure a smooth and successful outcome."

Pradman Kaul

Hughes Network Systems has successfully completed in-orbit testing and handover of EchoStar XIX from Space Systems Loral (SSL), manufacturers of this next-generation, Ka-band high-throughput satellite.

Placed into geostationary orbit at 22,236 miles above the earth, the world's highest-capacity broadband satellite was successfully launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on December 18, 2016, and extensive in-orbit testing was completed in an extremely efficient manner.

Designed with Hughes JUPITER system technology, EchoStar XIX is a Ka-band, high-throughput satellite with 138 beams covering the continental United States, Alaska, Mexico, and parts of Canada and Central America. It will power HughesNet Gen5, the next generation of high-speed satellite Internet service in the US, delivering more speed, more data, and more advanced features to consumers and small businesses, no matter the location.

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