Hughes Demonstrates Seamless SATCOM on Military Helicopters

         Hughes Demonstrates Seamless SATCOM on Military Helicopters

Zero Packet Loss over Ka and Ku-band Satellite Channels during Flight

PR Newswire

GERMANTOWN, Md., March 18, 2013

GERMANTOWN, Md., March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Hughes Network Systems, LLC
(HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services,
today announced that it has successfully demonstrated high-throughput video
and data transmission over SATCOM links on a variety of rotary wing platforms.
Employing an advanced waveform technology developed by Hughes, the new
communications-on-the-move (COTM) microsat system achieved zero packet loss on
transmission and reception through the rotor blades, over both Ka and Ku-band
satellite channels. 

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Tests were conducted on a variety of military and commercial helicopters in
both static and in-flight environments that included numerous pitch, bank and
roll maneuvers. In all cases, the Hughes microsat system successfully
transmitted full motion video (FMV) beyond the line-of-sight (BLoS) through
the rotor blades over both conventional Ku-band global beam and Ka-band global
or spot beam satellites. The system operates with a variety of
commercially-available airborne antennas, facilitating integration with
various government, military and commercial platforms.

"Hughes continues to lead in developing innovative, cost-effective mobility
solutions for military and commercial applications," said Rick Lober, vice
president and general manager of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems
Division. "Our new microsat technology is ideal for C2 and ISR missions in all
airborne as well as maritime and land environments, combining patented
waveform design on a proven, and common platform for all applications --
unlike other single-use solutions."

The Hughes microsat rotary wing system is based on the company's advanced HX
satellite broadband platform, which meets the Federal Information Processing
(FIPS) 140-2, Level 2 encryption standard and employs patented and patent
pending waveform technology.

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About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of
satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network
technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments
globally. HughesNet^® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the
marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped
more than 3.3 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing
over 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by
the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes
operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary
of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite
operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes,
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SOURCE Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Contact: Erin Studer, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, +1-301-601-7216,; or Kristin Graybill, ConnellyWorks, Inc.,
+1-571-323-2585 ext. 2190,
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