Inmarsat successfully launched new high-speed broadband communication satellite by the SpaceX Falcon 9 spacecraft. The provider of global mobile satellite communications put into geostationary orbit its fourth satellite Inmarsat-5 F4, which will provide high-speed Internet to the merchant vessels and airplanes. The new satellite will join the other three GX satellites already in orbit, which have been delivering high service speeds, global coverage, reliability and security to users on land, at sea and in the air. The fourth satellite adds further capacity to the network, as well as in-orbit redundancy that further upgrades the reliability and resilience of Inmarsat service offerings.
Inmarsat GX is the world’s first globally available, broadband connectivity service and was created to enable communities across the world to benefit from the emerging digital society.
The Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, released by Boeing Corporation, weighs more than 6 tons. At the moment, this is the largest cargo that Falcon 9 put into orbit. For this reason, the company decided not to return the first stage of the carrier to Earth. A heavy load requires a significant amount of energy to put it into orbit, and it would not be enough to maneuver the rocket to return it to Earth.