EchoStar lays belief in third nanosatellite for international S-band proposal

EchoStar wants the third time will be an allure for the U.S. satellite operator competing to ensure international non-geostationary S-band rights this summer.

The firm intends to lock down these range rights ahead of an August 10 target with a nanosatellite beginning before the end of June. Says EchoStar Satellite Services President Anders Johnson in an interview.

Its previous two nanosatellites experienced post-launch thrust system breakdowns that barred them from reaching an orbit. This is where EchoStar must offer services prior to the August time limit in order to keep the license.

EchoStar earlier had up until the start of April to guarantee the license. However, got an extension lead from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to make its third effort.

Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems developed all three nanosatellites.

Acquiring the license by getting the satellite into usage will in principle extend EchoStar’s S-band footprint. It is beyond Europe and parts of Africa and the Middle East. This is where it presently offers voice and data mobile satellite services (MSS) from geostationary orbit.

“Once we have those rights in utilization, that then gives us all of the raw materials to positively be able to completely engage in the development. The development of a worldwide business in the band,” Johnson says.

S-band spectrum is distinctive since it is dually licensed global at the ITU level for –

  • Terrestrial use
  • Satellite use

Though, it will take time to build and prove abilities that draw on blended technologies.

EchoStar intends to combine its mobile satellite service abilities with a complementary ground element in the future.

Its sister firm, U.S. satellite TV supplier Dish Network, is constructing out a terrestrial wireless network. This is part with the S-band spectrum it bought nearly a decade ago for North America.

SpaceX announces its intentions on May 13 in order to install ground stations within Google’s data centers for its Starlink broadband satellites under their cloud collaboration.

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