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Inmarsat launches communication satellite

16 May 2017 07:16

Inmarsat confirmed the successful launch of the fourth, high-speed broadband communications satellite in its transformational Global Xpress (GX) constellation.

The company said Inmarsat GX is the world's first globally available, broadband connectivity service. It was created to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society.

Inmarsat-5 F4 (I-5 F4) was launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Following satellite separation, the company acquired telemetry from its Perth ground station.

The launch team from Inmarsat and Boeing Network & Space Systems, the manufacturer of I-5 F4, were raising the spacecraft to a geostationary orbit, at which point the satellite will deploy its solar arrays and reflectors, and undergo payload testing.

I-5 F4 joined the three GX satellites already in orbit. Since December 2015, these delivered unprecedented service speeds, global coverage, reliability and security to users on land, at sea and in the air.

The fourth satellite added further capacity to the GX network and in-orbit redundancy that further upgraded the reliability and resilience of Inmarsat's service offerings.

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