After five tumultuous years, Inmarsat can finally celebrate the successful launch of the third satellite in its Global Xpress constellation after the spacecraft was sent safely into orbit today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan – paving the way for the introduction of global service on the network later this year.
Intelsat has announced the successful launch of its Intelsat 34 satellite from French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle on August 20th, which will bolster the company’s Ku-band capacity for the maritime market.
Inmarsat has confirmed that the third satellite in the Global Xpress (GX) programme – Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) – has been scheduled for launch on Friday 28th August.
Inmarsat has announced that it now expects its delayed I-5 F3 satellite, the final satellite in the Global Xpress network, to be launched at the end of this month – paving the way for the global introduction of commercial service by the end of the year.
Iridium has announced another step forward in the development of its next-generation Iridium Certus broadband service with the delivery of the first Broadband Core Transceiver (BCX) prototypes for interoperability testing on the Iridium NEXT satellite network infrastructure.
Global satellite broadband start-up OneWeb has announced that it has raised $500 million in funding from a group of international companies, including Intelsat, Coca-Cola and previously announced partner Airbus.
Airbus Defence and Space has announced that it is to build 900 microsatellites for satellite broadband start-up OneWeb, planned for launch into low Earth orbit beginning in 2018 to deliver global internet access.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has taken a significant step towards launching its own global satellite broadband network, having made a formal filing with the US Federal Communications Commission for a licence to begin a test programme starting in 2016.
Intelsat has introduced IntelsatOne Flex, a managed mobility service that aims to assist VSAT service providers in maritime and other industries by offering capacity on multiple satellite beams in a single package, and simplifying the combination of current Ku-band services with high-throughput capacity via the EpicNG network.
Inmarsat has been forced to delay the launch of its final Global Xpress (GX) satellite following the failure of the preceding Proton Breeze M launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday 16 May.
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