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Inmarsat Launches GX5 Next Generation Satellite

Infrastructure News - Published on Mon, 02 Dec 2019

Image Source: Inmarsat Satellite GX5
World leader in global, mobile satellite communications Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch of GX5, the fifth satellite in its Global Xpress fleet. The satellite was lifted into orbit by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Ariane Launch Complex No 3 in Kourou in French Guiana. GX5 is scheduled to enter commercial service in early 2020 and deliver additional, focused broadband capacity over Europe and the Middle East.

With a particular focus on aviation passenger wi-fi, the commercial maritime market and meeting growing government demand, GX5 will deliver more capacity into the region than the existing four satellites in the Global Xpress network GX1-GX4 combined provide worldwide. Over the next four years, this new satellite will be joined by a further seven advanced GX payloads, which represent unprecedented enhancement in overall capacity and capabilities of the GX network; the world’s first and only, globally available, seamless mobile broadband network.

The satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space and launched by Arianespace at 21:24 UK time on Tuesday 26 November, 2019. Following satellite separation from the rocket at 21:58 UK time on 26 November, telemetry was successfully acquired shortly after separation and the mission is proceeding to plan. The launch teams from Inmarsat and Thales Alenia Space will deploy the satellite’s solar panels and antenna reflectors after raising its orbit to geostationary altitude (approximately 36,000km above the Earth). They will then carry out rigorous testing and calibration before the spacecraft enters commercial service.

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Mon, 02 Dec 2019
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