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Fourth Global Xpress satellite successfully launched Featured

Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch of the fourth satellite in its Global Xpress (GX) constellation, which will be used to augment the existing global three-satellite communications network already in operation.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Inmarsat-5 F4 (I-5 F4) was launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. Satellite separation was subsequently completed as planned and telemetry successfully acquired from Inmarsat’s Perth ground station.

The launch team from Inmarsat and Boeing Network & Space Systems, the manufacturer of I-5 F4, are now 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 joins the three GX satellites already in orbit, adding further capacity to the GX network as well as in-orbit redundancy.

“For Inmarsat, reliability and resilience are paramount,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat.

“Delivering global commercial services over the GX network, which we achieved at the end of 2015, was only the start of our Global Xpress project. I-5 F4 augments the capabilities of GX and, alongside our existing L-band constellations, enables Inmarsat to provide guaranteed global connectivity to industries and governments worldwide.”

“I would like to thank all my colleagues at Inmarsat, whose hard work and dedication is seeing Global Xpress setting a new standard of excellence for broadband communications in established VSAT markets, such the maritime and government sectors, while also rapidly gaining strong traction in new market areas, such as the rapidly expanding aviation passenger connectivity sector. I also wish to extend my sincere thanks to our satellite manufacturing partner Boeing and our launch partner SpaceX for delivering a successful launch outcome.”{/mprestriction}

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