Fourth Inmarsat Global Xpress satellite launches


Wednesday, 17 May, 2017


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The fourth Global Xpress satellite has been launched by Inmarsat.

I-5 F4 joins the three GX satellites already in orbit which have, since December 2015, been delivering unprecedented service speeds, global coverage, reliability and security to users on land, at sea and in the air.  

“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,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat.    

Inmarsat GX is the world’s first globally available broadband connectivity service and was created to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society.

Inmarsat-5 F4 (I-5 F4) was launched by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket from the historic launch pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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.

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