Inmarsat’s fifth Global Xpress satellite, GX5, will be launched by Arianespace from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The Very High Throughput Satellite (V-HTS) will be carried into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 heavy-lift launcher before being manoeuvred into position 35,786km (22,236 miles) above Earth.
GX5 will significantly boost Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network capacity, meeting growing demand for reliable mobile broadband connectivity across Europe and the Middle East.
Based on Thales Alenia Space’s upgraded Spacebus 4000 B2 platform, GX5 will deliver more capacity than the entire existing GX fleet (GX1-GX4) combined.
GX has been serving organisations and governments worldwide since 2015, and today it is the gold standard for mobile satellite communications. Operating in the Ka-band, Global Xpress also integrates seamlessly with our L-band network to deliver powerful and reliable connectivity anytime, anywhere.
GX5 marks the first step in a journey that will see the capabilities, capacity and agility of Global Xpress totally transformed – both for new and existing customers – with a further seven launches scheduled over the next four years:
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