Arianespace have delayed the launch of an Inmarsat GX5 satellite from Kourou, French Guiana, GX5 is set to add more capacity to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network to meet future demand for high capacity broadband for aviation passenger wi-fi, commercial maritime & government users in Europe & Middle East
The expected mission time of the Ariane 5 rocket is 34 minutes, 7 seconds, with separation of the 4,007kg GX5 satellite the final step, approximately 34 minutes after launch. The launch was delayed during post-launch procedures by Inmarsat, on Saturday 23 November 2019.
GX5 represents a significant further advance in the capabilities of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress worldwide broadband service and will cover the Europe and Middle East regions. Global Xpress (GX – https://www.inmarsat.com/service-group/global-xpress/) is the most successful service launch in the history of Inmarsat and GX5 is the most advanced satellite in the GX fleet. In less than four years, GX has become the gold standard for seamless, globally available, mobile broadband services across multiple industry sectors with thousands of active users throughout the aviation, maritime and government sectors.
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, providing more capacity than the existing four GX satellites already in service combined, is 25 per cent smaller and was delivered much more quickly, in just two and a half years from order to launch.