Hughes and SES present the first multi-orbit SATCOM for remotely piloted aircraft


GERMANTOWN, Maryland & LUXEMBOURG – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) and SES today announced the first successful demonstration of a new Multi-Orbit Satellite Communications (SATCOM) capability for remotely piloted aircraft. Conducted for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), the demonstration combined software-defined modems and a Hughes HM series resource management system (RMS) with SES satellites that operate in geosynchronous orbits (GEO) and terrestrial average (MEO). SES’s unique multi-orbital fleet, which offers high global coverage, throughput and security, was leveraged to show how unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the GA-ASI MQ-9 series, can maintain critical connectivity and resiliency, even in challenging environments.

The demonstration replicated a typical unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission, transmitting high-definition video and sensor data to and from the unmanned vehicle to the command center. Based on predefined mission policies, the RMS automatically switched satellite signals to stay connected, even when a signal experienced interference and jamming scenarios. A near-instant, smooth beam switch took just seconds, enabling near-real-time capability that enhances the Army’s Primary Alternative Contingency Planning (PACE).

“Our multi-orbit demonstration for remotely piloted aircraft provided three times the throughput of the currently deployed SATCOM service using a terminal less than half the size, while maintaining constant connectivity,” said Rick Lober, vice president and Managing Director of Hughes Defense. “This highly durable and significantly reduced SWAP option for primary and secondary aerodynamic connections opens up new mission opportunities beyond the line of sight for unmanned aerial vehicles like the GA-ASI MQ-9. This is another example of how Hughes enables our military to securely exchange information with the right people at the right time.

“SES’s second generation MEO, O3b mPOWER, ushers in a new era of game-changing performance, scalability and resilience that will allow us to deliver the network sovereignty governments seek,” said Will Tong. , Vice President of Strategic Government Initiatives and Head of Aero ISR Market at SES Networks. “Our demonstration with Hughes shows the power of the industry’s first multi-orbital network capability to exponentially increase performance using small terminals, while giving end users the autonomy to deliver services. networks in order to meet their SRI operational needs. This is also timely as we prepare to launch O3b mPOWER, as the presented solution ensures both high performance and multiple layers of network resiliency and security for multi-domain operations that involve moving platforms. forms in distant and austere locations. ”

The demonstration was powered by software-defined gateways and modems from the Hughes HM system, a frequency-independent, open-architecture business platform for fixed, mobile and portable government applications. For more information on Hughes Defense solutions, including the HM System, visit

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About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES), an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for 50 years, provides broadband equipment and services; managed services featuring intelligent software-defined networking; and operating an end-to-end network for millions of consumers, businesses, governments and communities around the world. Hughes’ flagship internet service, HughesNet®, connects more than 1.5 million subscribers across the Americas, and the Hughes JUPITER â„¢ system provides Internet access to tens of millions more around the world. Hughes supplies more than half of the global satellite terminal market to major satellite operators, in-flight service providers, mobile network operators and military customers. A managed network service provider, Hughes supports nearly 500,000 corporate sites with its HughesON â„¢ portfolio of wired and wireless solutions. Based in Germantown, Maryland, United States, Hughes is owned by EchoStar. To learn more, visit or follow HughesConnects on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About SES

SES has a bold vision to deliver incredible experiences anywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As a leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only constellation of multi-orbital satellites offering a unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including low latency, low latency O3b. By leveraging a large and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner of leading companies in telecommunications, mobile network operators, governments of the world. , cloud and connectivity service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network offers more than 8,650 channels and an unmatched reach of 361 million homes, providing managed multimedia services for linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on the Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). More information is available at:

About EchoStar

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is one of the world’s leading providers of satellite communication solutions. Based in Englewood, Colorado, and operating worldwide, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communication technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments. For more information, visit To follow @EchoStar on Twitter.

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