Inmarsat to triple GX network satellites
Inmarsat aims to triple the number of satellites servicing its flagship Ka-band Global Xpress (GX) network by 2023 to meet rapidly increasing user demand for data globally.
The plan for the GX network, the high-capacity VSAT constellation behind Inmarsat’s Fleet Xpress high-speed mobile broadband service, will support data accessibility in remote regions, including the Arctic region.
Peter Broadhurst, senior vice president, yachting and passenger at Inmarsat, said: “The investment in the new satellites represents the latest milestone for Fleet Xpress, ensuring a significant advancement in the global capabilities, capacity and agility of the service for current and future Inmarsat customers.”
A giant leap
Inmarsat’s GX fleet is currently composed of four satellites (GX1-4). The initial launches will see it augmented by three GX payloads (GX5, GX6A and GX6B) by 2021. A further three satellites (GX7-9) will launch by the end of 2023, while two more (GX10A and GX10B) are due for launch in 2022 to provide unprecedented coverage of the Arctic region.
GX5, GX6A and GX6B concentrate on increasing capacity in high-traffic areas. GX6A and GX6B feature both L-band and Ka-band payloads, supporting a new generation of capabilities for the 5G era.
The GX7, GX8 and GX9 satellites will each deliver approximately twice the capacity of the current GX network. This is achieved through dynamic beamforming.
Launched into a highly elliptical orbit (HEO), the GX10A and GX10B satellites will ensure continuous coverage of the northern polar region above latitude 65°N.
Latest Press Releases
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dee Caffari look at how the environment at sea has been damaged over the... Read more
MS Amlin Yacht, the boat insurance specialists have now been race partners of Round the Island Race ... Read more
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dee Caffari discuss changes in yacht design during Sir Robin’s sailing c... Read more
The MS Amlin Seamanship Award 2019 is now open for nominations. Having run for many years as a comp... Read more
Barton Marine is sponsoring Team Ausome-Lyra to compete in the 2019 Fastnet Race. The charity Ausom... Read more