Final Inmarsat-5 satellite joins Global XPress network
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 satellite launched into space this week. Officials say it will expand the high-speed broadband service available through Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network after the satellite becomes fully operational later this year.
This is the fourth and final Inmarsat-5 satellite that joins the network and was built by Boeing for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network. After reaching its final orbit, the satellite will undergo testing and checkout before being declared operational.
The Inmarsat-5 satellites are able to provide communications coverage through fixed and steerable beams that can be adjusted in real time to accommodate demand surges.
“Inmarsat-5 F4 joins our existing Global Xpress constellation, which is already being adopted as the new standard in global mobile broadband connectivity by companies, governments and communities around the world,” says Michele Franci, CTO, Inmarsat.
“Our partnership with Inmarsat has enabled the creation of the world’s only commercial global, mobile Ka-band network,” says Mark Spiwak, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International.
Boeing has a strategic marketing partnership with Inmarsat and currently provides both military Ka-band and commercial Global Xpress services to U.S. government customers.
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