The second Global Xpress satellite – Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) – launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 12:31 GMT on 1 February 2015.
Once operational, I-5 F2 will deliver Global Xpress services in the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean Region.
The first Global Xpress satellite, I-5 F1, launched in December 2013 and entered commercial service in July 2014, powering regional Global Xpress services for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The third satellite in the constellation is scheduled for launch early in 2015, with global availability expected early in the second half of this year. Each Inmarsat-5 satellite is expected to have a commercial life of 15 years.
A fourth Inmarsat-5 is on order from Boeing for delivery in late 2016 as part of Inmarsat’s US$1.6 billion programme commitment.
The Inmarsat-5 satellites operate with a combination of fixed narrow spot beams that enable Inmarsat to deliver higher speeds through more compact terminals, plus steerable beams so additional capacity can be directed in real-time to where it’s needed.
Operating in the resilient Ka-band, while integrating seamlessly with our proven L-band network, Global Xpress allows customers across aviation, maritime, enterprise and government sectors to have reliable and assured access to high-throughput communications.
With Cisco, we have also developed the Inmarsat Service Enablement Platform (ISEP) and the Inmarsat Gateway, which will deliver a whole new world of innovative, content-rich applications – developed by our Certified Application Partners – tailored to meet Global Xpress users’ needs.