in Aircraft Interiors / Space

GX launch gives boost to aircraft connectivity

Posted 2 February 2015 · Add Comment

A launch described as the vital key to faster broadband on aircraft took place yesterday as Inmarsat saw the successful launch of its second Global Xpress (GX) satellite (Inmarsat-5 F2) on board an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M rocket launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


The satellite was correctly acquired by the Inmarsat (Paumalu) ground station at ~18:10 GMT (1 February) and the Inmarsat-5 launch provider, ILS, confirmed a successful spacecraft separation at 04:02hrs GMT (2 February).
Over the coming weeks, the Inmarsat operations team will command the satellite to perform a series of manoeuvres to raise Inmarsat-5 F2 to a geo-synchronous elliptical orbit, while towards the end of the month, the satellite will have completed deployment of its solar arrays and reflectors. This will be followed by the electrical orbit-raising phase, taking the spacecraft to its final geostationary orbit. This is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, ready for the start of payload testing at the beginning of April.
Built by Boeing Satellite Systems International to a proven design (702HP), Inmarsat-5 F2 is part of a US$1.6 billion investment by Inmarsat into the next generation of global mobile broadband communications.
Inmarsat is the owner and commercial operator of the Global Xpress constellation. The fleet of high throughput satellites will offer a unique combination of seamless global Ka-band coverage from a single operator, consistent higher performance, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned.
Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said: “The successful launch of our second Inmarsat-5 satellite by Proton is a significant step forward on our journey to deliver the world’s first globally available, high speed mobile broadband service. Our first GX satellite entered commercial service in July 2014 and has since been delivering an excellent service to our customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. With Inmarsat-5 F3 expected for launch by Proton in the coming months, we are on schedule to achieve full global coverage early in the second half of 2015.
“This is a great achievement and I would like to pay tribute to the skill and expertise of Inmarsat’s engineering teams and all our employees involved in the design, development, manufacturing, testing and launch. It is their dedication, alongside the outstanding support we have received from our manufacturing and launch partners – Boeing and ILS – which has helped deliver such a successful outcome.”
Speaking at the AIME show in Dubai, Stephan Egli, OnAir’s chief commercial officer said the successful launch was key to the next stage of development on airborne connectivity. “It paves the way for commercial application being operational by the end of this year,” he said.
 

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

African airlines’ traffic dropped 66.1% in January

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020).

AFRAA to launch the Sky-Connect dialogues

On 10th March 2021, AFRAA will launch the Sky-Connect dialogues - a monthly top executive leadership series on developments within the aviation space in Africa and globally.

African airlines’ cargo demand soared 22.4% in January

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis.

The golden Hind

It is almost 50 years since the Mil Mi-24 assault helicopter entered service. Today, as David Oliver reports, the Hind is being used in both the Libyan civil war and by Algeria against jihadist militants.

Flexjet orders 20 Aerion supersonic jets

Aerion, the supersonic jet, maker has announced that the flight-service provider Flexjet has placed an order for 20 examples of the Aerion AS2 supersonic jet, reports Robb Report.

Air Austral operates EVASAN flights between Reunion Island and Paris

Air Austral has obtained technical and regulatory approvals to operate Medical Evacuation flights (EVASAN).

EDGE SK2601300621
See us at
Aviation MENA 2021DAS21_BTAviation Africa 2021 BTNNWDS BT1202090322