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26th January 2015

Inmarsat confirms launch date for second Global Xpress satellite

Inmarsat have announced another significant milestone in the delivery of Global Xpress with the scheduled launch of the Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) satellite at 12:31 GMT on Sunday 1 February.

I-5 F2’s launch on a Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is being undertaken by International Launch Services (ILS).

Global Xpress – the world’s first globally available, high-speed mobile broadband service delivered through a single network operator – will deliver speeds more than 100 times faster than the I-4 constellation. It will offer new opportunities for end-users, in both the public and private sectors, to significantly enhance their connectivity and to access bandwidth-hungry applications, even in the remotest and most inaccessible regions of the world.

Inmarsat-5 F1, launched in December 2013, has been providing regional commercial service in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia since last July. Inmarsat-5 F2 will cover the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean Region.

Following the launch of Inmarsat-5 F3 – which is scheduled for early Q2 this year – Inmarsat will commence global commercial Global Xpress services early in the second half of 2015.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce said: “Global Xpress is a truly transformational technology and, as we complete its global roll-out, 2015 promises to be one of the most significant chapters in our company’s history.

“Through Global Xpress, the world can move forward from the ‘Internet of Everything’ to the ‘Internet of Everywhere’, in which high-speed, reliable and secure connectivity is available anywhere and at any time – even in the most inaccessible regions – for customers on the move or to fixed locations.

“We believe that our new global network will power innovation, support economic development and help transform social services, from education to healthcare, in regions not adequately served – or not served at all – by terrestrial networks.”

Each of the three satellites in the initial Global Xpress fleet has 89 beams and six steerable high-power spot beams for multi-regional coverage. The satellite weighs 6100kg at launch with a wing-span wider than a Boeing 737’s. All three have a design life of 15 years.

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Through Global Xpress, the world can move forward from the ‘Internet of Everything’ to the ‘Internet of Everywhere’"
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce