Through the addition of three new 702HP Ka-band satellites to be built by Boeing, Inmarsat's forthcoming Inmarsat-5 constellation will be positioned to provide a global high-speed mobile broadband service offering. With operations expected to start in 2014, Inmarsat-5 will support a next-generation global service dubbed Global Xpress, which will address the established and growing markets for VSAT services in the maritime, energy and government sectors. Global Xpress will deliver seamless global coverage and unprecedented mobile broadband with speeds up to 50 MB/s, to customer terminals from 20-60 cm in size.
Boeing will provide Inmarsat with three 702HP commercial spacecraft with 89 Ka-band beams that will operate in geosynchronous orbit with flexible global coverage. The Boeing satellites will provide Inmarsat with the ability to adapt to shifting subscriber usage patterns of high data rates, specialized applications and evolving demographics over a projected 15-year lifetime. Boeing has also entered into a distribution partnership with Inmarsat to provide L- and Ka-band capacity to key users within the U.S. government.
The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security