Hughes Takes Possession Of Spaceway 3
[12-18-07 – Satellite Today] Boeing Co. completed testing of the Spaceway 3 satellite and handed control over to Hughes Network Systems LLC, Boeing announced Dec. 18.
Spaceway 3, placed into orbit in August, carries 68 Ka-band transponders and will provide HughesNet broadband internet services throughout North America. The spacecraft includes a downlink phased array antenna, a microwave switch matrix and flight hardware and software.
"Since the launch in August, everything has proceeded on schedule, and we are grateful to Boeing for completing the in-orbit placement successfully,” Pradman Kaul, chairman and CEO of Hughes, said in a statement.
The satellite is expected to become operational in the 2008 first quarter.