Posted on: 18 December 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Inmarsat Aviation’s Inmarsat-5 F2 Global Xpress (GX) satellite, the second of three, has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch early in 2015.
“The arrival of Inmarsat-5 F2 to the launch site in Baikonur demonstrates that we will be able to offer our high-speed Ka-band service, GX Aviation, early in the second half of 2015,” announced Leo Mondale, Inmarsat Aviation’s president. “The ground networks are in place and Honeywell will start transmission testing of the airborne satellite communications equipment imminently.”
The Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite left the Boeing El Segundo facility on 16th December and was flown from Los Angeles International Airport to Kazakhstan in an Antonov AN-124 heavy transporter. When in orbit, it will provide high-speed broadband services on land, sea and in the air covering the Americas and the Atlantic ocean region.
The first GX satellite – Inmarsat-5 F1 – was launched at the end of 2013 and began delivering regional commercial services over Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia in July 2014. The third GX satellite – Inmarsat-5 F3 – has now completed its final testing and is ready for shipping to Kazakhstan in early 2015. F3 will complete the GX constellation by providing coverage over the Pacific Ocean region.