Inmarsat-5 F1, the first Global Xpress (GX) satellite, has successfully completed its orbital deployment stages on schedule.
Inmarsat and Boeing engineers, working from Inmarsat’s GX teleport in Nemea, Greece, are now beginning a month of comprehensive payload testing ahead of live end-to-end testing of the high-speed, mobile broadband GX connectivity services, scheduled to start in March.
From its geostationary orbital location at 62.6 degrees East, I-5 F1 will offer high-throughput broadband services for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and much of Asia.
The satellite, the first in a fleet of three spacecraft built by manufacturing partner Boeing, features 89 beams and six steerable high-power spot beams, which will enable Inmarsat to dynamically increase capacity based on customer demand.
Part of a US$1.6bn investment programme by Inmarsat, the revolutionary Global Xpress constellation is on course to achieve full global coverage by the end of 2014.
It will be capable of delivering download speeds of up to 50Mbps on land, at sea and in the air, virtually anywhere in the world.
The unique combination of seamless global Ka-band coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance and the renowned network reliability has already attracted significant interest from potential government and commercial users across the world.
Inmarsat is working with the world’s leading satellite terminal manufacturers and a network of Value Added Resellers (VARs) in preparation for the initial roll-out of GX commercial services this year, culminating in the launch of the global service in 2015.
The second and third Inmarsat-5 satellites are scheduled for launch later this year.
Global Xpress: www.inmarsat.com