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Inmarsat's GX5 satellite set for launch

Posted 19 November 2019 · Add Comment

Inmarsat has received formal confirmation from its launch partner, Arianespace, that the company’s GX5 satellite will be launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana on Friday 22nd November 2019.



Above: The GX5 being transported on an Antonov.
Courtesy Inmarsat / Thales Alenia Space


The launch window is between 21:08 and 22:43 UK time / UTC and the expected mission time of the Ariane 5 rocket is 34 minutes, 14 seconds, with separation of the 4,007kg GX5 satellite the final step at approximately 34 minutes, seven seconds after launch.
 
Global Xpress (GX), which powers the award-winning GX Aviation and Jet ConneX (JX) inflight broadband services, is the most successful service launch in the history of Inmarsat and GX5 is the most advanced satellite in the Global Xpress (GX) fleet. GX5 will be fully integrated into the existing GX network, delivering focused capacity that allows the airline and business aviation markets to meet rapidly growing demand for seamless inflight broadband in Europe and the Middle East. It represents a significant advance in the capabilities of the network, offering more capacity than the entire existing GX satellite fleet combined into the region.
 
Connectivity services delivered over GX5 will be backwards compatible for all existing GX terminals, future-proofing the investment of Inmarsat’s aviation customers and ensuring that their requirements will continue to be met as demand for capacity continues to increase. GX Aviation customers include leading airlines such as Qatar Airways, Air New Zealand, Lufthansa, AirAsia and Singapore Airlines, while JX has been activated on more than 600 business jets.
 
“As demand for inflight Wi-Fi continues to accelerate, additional capacity is needed to meet long-term future growth. We have spent the last five years planning and investing in our technology roadmap, to ensure that we can confidently continue to meet this growing demand for connectivity,” said Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation.
 
“The upcoming launch of GX5 over Europe and the Middle East is a pivotal moment in the development of GX Aviation and Jet ConneX. It is proof of Inmarsat’s ambition and commitment to ensure customers can rely on our world-leading inflight connectivity service not just today, but for decades to come.”
 
GX5 and the forthcoming seven additional GX satellites, planned for launch in the coming four years, further extend Inmarsat’s global leadership in true broadband services, which is supported by the company’s network of world leading technology, manufacturing and channel partners.
 
GX5 demonstrates Inmarsat’s investment in continued innovation, service growth, availability, reliability and quality for its customers and partners. The new satellite is significantly more powerful than any previous GX satellite, is 25 per cent smaller and was delivered much more quickly, in just two and a half years from order to launch.


 

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