Inmarsat’s latest satellite, their fifth in their latest series of ‘Global Xpress’ craft, is due to launch on November 22nd. Built by Thales-Alenia Space, it was shipped from its Cannes production facility via Nice airport direct to the Arianespace Spaceport Kourou in French Guiana on October 22nd.
Inmarsat GX5 is the most powerful of the GX fleet and will be slotted into the operator’s global high-capacity broadband service and connecting aircraft and maritime clients, as well as ground-based customers in Europe, the MENA region and Asia.
GX5 is a Very High Throughput craft, and such is its efficiency that this one satellite will deliver more capacity than the four previous GX craft (GX1-GX4) combined. GX5 will be located at 11 degrees East.
Additionally, the Inmarsat craft will carry transponders working in the L and S-band as well as its core Ka-band services. The Inmarsat craft will have a fellow-passenger in the form of TIBA-1, a civil and telecoms satellite for Egypt’s government.