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Boeing Launches First Inmarsat Global Xpress Satellite; Craig Cooning Comments

BoeingLogoBoeing has launched the first of four satellites in a constellation designed to provide high-speed mobile broadband service for the public and private sector.

The first Inmarsat-5 satellite launch aboard a Baikonur Cosmodrome-built International Launch Services Proton Breeze M rocket in Kazakhstan, Boeing announced Monday.

A successor of Boeing’s 702 product line, the Inmarsat-5 satellite is part of Inmarsat‘s Global Xpress network that is designed to provide mobile broadband communications for vessels at sea, in-flight connectivity for airline passengers and streaming video, voice and data.

“This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power satellites, and our Boeing Commercial Satellite Services unit has been actively marketing its military and commercial Ka-band capacity to government users,” said Craig Cooning, Boeing Satellite Systems International CEO.

Sixteen hours after the liftoff, the satellite sent initial on-orbit signals and will work to complete several additional maneuvers and tests after reaching final orbit.

The second and third Inmarsat-5 satellites are in production at Boeing’s El Segundo, Calif. facility while construction for a fourth one has been authorized.

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