SpaceX Sends Inmarsat-5 Soaring Into Space …

Good News for Global Xpress’ Broadband Network

SpaceX Sends Inmarsat-5 Soaring Into Space … Good News for Global Xpress’ Broadband Network

SpaceX1‘s Falcon 9 went off without any complications. Today’s launch of the Inmarsat2-5 took off and all stages are performing as planned with Inmarsat confirming the new satellite has checked in with a ground station in Perth. From here the engineers will keep close track of the satellite. The launch took place at the Florida Launch Complex, 39A (LC-39A)

Originally the plan was to only be a trio of spacecraft, but Inmarsat opted in 2013 to have a fourth built in order to enhance the capabilities of the company’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite broadband network. Inmarsat-5 F1 through F3, the fourth satellite will provide up to 50 megabits per second of data and voice services to terrestrial terminals operating in the Ka- and L-band spectrum and will be powered by two solar “wings” initially generating a total of 15 kilowatts then lowering to 13.8 kilowatts at the end of its 15-year design life. The solar arrays have the wingspan of 40.6 meters, or 133 feet (wider than a Boeing 737’s)

^ SpaceX (spacex.com)

  • ^ Inmarsat (inmarsat.com)
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