Successful launch of third Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite
29 August 2015: Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch of its third satellite in the transformational Global Xpress (GX) constellation.
Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3), which was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12.44pm (BST), entered orbit at 04.15 am (BST) following a 15 hour and 31 minute mission.
Over the coming weeks, the Inmarsat Operations Team will raise I-5 F3 to its final orbit, deploy its solar arrays and reflectors, and undertake payload testing. At the end of these procedures, I-5 F3 will be ready to join the first two GX satellites, which are already in orbit and operating successfully, to create the first, globally available, high-speed mobile broadband network delivered by a single operator.
Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said: “This is a significant milestone for Inmarsat; one that will offer major growth opportunities and promises to change the face of our industry.
“Global Xpress will deliver broadband speeds that are an order of magnitude faster than our fourth generation (I-4) constellation, to customers on the move on land, at sea and in the air, globally. As such, the GX fleet will offer a host of new opportunities for both our existing and new customers to significantly enhance their connectivity capabilities and to deploy bandwidth-hungry applications and solutions efficiently and effectively, even in the remotest and most inaccessible parts of the world. Global Xpress is, therefore, an important enabler for continued growth in global mobile broadband – it is the ‘Internet of Everywhere.”
Inmarsat has also invested in fourth Global Xpress satellite, but this will be used as a spare to back up the current spacecraft, or to add capacity on the network – as it stands, the three satellites now in orbit are expected to begin providing full global commercial services by the end of this year.