Inmarsat to develop innovative satellite communications service platform for global government customers via new ESA contract

02 November 2020: Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has been awarded a three year contract with the European Space Agency (ESA), which will co-fund the development of a new capability for governments to plan, procure, manage and monitor their satellite communications (satcoms) services from Inmarsat and other operators and service providers.

The new Inmarsat capability, called the International Virtual Satellite Operators Network (INVISON), is a secure, user centric platform. It is being supported by ESA as part of its Space Systems for Safety and Security (4S) Strategic Line, which is a new component of ESA’s programme of Advanced Research in Telecommunication Systems (ARTES), aimed at transforming R&D investment into successful commercial products and services.

The INVISON programme will also see the development of new and innovative government services and applications that will be accessible in a uniform and user-friendly way over the INVISON platform. Examples include a ground breaking new security hardened Internet of Things (IoT) solution that will be deployed with government users to monitor critical infrastructure and geohazard events in Norway and the UK.

Software applications will be developed to enable highly effective bandwidth optimisation for mission critical imagery and video delivery over satellite and the integration of new government services from Inmarsat’s future Highly Elliptical Orbit satellites over the Arctic region (GX10A and 10B) – a world’s first.

Nick Shave, Inmarsat’s Vice President of Strategic Programmes, Global Government said: “In the face of ongoing challenges, governments around the world require more control, flexibility, immediacy and transparency over the satellite services they procure. The Inmarsat INVISON platform puts the government user in control of the services they rely on by enabling a wide range of satcoms services, brokered from multiple operators and providers, to be more accessible and secure.

“This advanced new system and service will drive innovation and efficiency throughout the entire satcoms value chain, delivering flexibility and value for money for our government customers. Inmarsat is proud to lead a consortium of Norwegian and UK based companies such as AnsuR, Avanti Communications, Geonor, Global RadioData Communications, MConnected, the Satellite Applications Catapult and SINTEF. We anticipate a number of other industrial partners will join the consortium in due course.”

Elodie Viau, ESA Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, said “ESA is extremely pleased to enable continuous investment in the development of highly innovative solutions and services by European and Canadian manufacturers and operators. ESA is committed to develop initiatives in support of the European commercial satellite telecommunications industry and triggers new innovations in this domain for the benefit of Europe’s worldwide competitiveness. This INVISON contract with Inmarsat represents the next step of a long standing effort in that endeavour.”

The contract is valued at €22.4m over three years.


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About Inmarsat

Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.

The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.

Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.

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About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

Learn more about ESA at www.esa.int.