On 28 August, Inmarsat successfully launched of the third satellite in the Global Xpress constellation (I-5 F3) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 12:44 GMT. I-5 F3 is a key step towards delivering global commercial service introduction of GX services by the end of 2015.
The second Global Xpress (GX) satellite – Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) – launched on 1 February 2015. Due to arrive in its operational orbital slot shortly, 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. Each Inmarsat-5 satellite is expected to have a commercial life of 15 years.
As part of Inmarsat’s US$1.6 billion programme commitment, a fourth Global Xpress satellite(I-5 F4) is currently under construction by Boeing in California, and is on schedule for completion in mid-2016.
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.