Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat plc has confirmed that its Inmarsat SA subsidiary has signed a contract with International Launch Services (ILS) for the launch of three Inmarsat-5 satellites. The launches, scheduled for 2013-14, will use the ILS Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Inmarsat-5 satellites – three state-of-the-art 702HP Ka-band satellites currently being built by Boeing – will form the constellation to support Inmarsat’s forthcoming Global Xpress network.
Global Xpress is designed to offer seamless global coverage and deliver mobile broadband speeds of up to 50MB/s for users in the government, maritime, enterprise, energy and aeronautical sectors. Inmarsat is investing an estimated amount of US$1.2 billion in the Global Xpress programme, which includes launch costs.