Reports in Russia have revealed that the Inmarsat-5 F2 communications satellite, the second satellite for the company’s Global Xpress Ka-band network, has been scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on January 30, carried on board the Russian Proton-M rocket.
Iridium has reported that it has successfully completed the first phase of testing of its NEXT platform software.
O3b has announced that it has successfully launched the final four satellites of its initial Ka-band constellation, bringing the total number of satellites to 12.
Inmarsat has announced that the second satellite in its Global Xpress (GX) constellation, the Inmarsat-5 F-2, has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ahead of its launch in early 2015.
O3b Networks has announced that it will be adding four more satellites to its Ka-band constellation with a December 18 launch from Le Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) at Kourou in French Guiana.
The Russian space agency Roscosmos has said that its Proton Breeze M launch vehicle, the same spacecraft that will be used to launch Inmarsat's Global Xpress satellites, has completed its first launch since suffering a dramatic failure in May.
O3b Networks today confirmed that in-orbit testing of its latest satellites has been successfully completed and the satellites have been commissioned into its eight-strong Ka-band constellation.
O3b Networks reports that it is set to launch the latest satellites in its network on July 10, which will complete its initial constellation.
Inmarsat has admitted that a delay in the launch schedule for its two remaining Global Xpress satellites is now likely, following the failure of an unrelated launch using the Proton launch vehicle on Friday.
Inmarsat has moved to allay fears that fresh US sanctions against Russia in response to the Ukraine crisis could derail its launch schedule for Global Xpress, with two launches currently planned to take place with International Launch Services (ILS) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan during 2014.
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