The second Global Xpress (GX) 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.
Following the launch of the third satellite in the Global Xpress constellation (I-5 F3), Inmarsat will progress towards final global commercial service introduction of GX. 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, with a potential SpaceX launch in the second half of 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.