British satellite operator Inmarsat announced June 2 that it is ordering a fifth Global Xpress satellite, switching manufacturers from Boeing, which built the original four, to Thales Alenia Space.
SpaceX launched the last of telecom satellite operator Inmarsat’s first-generation Global Xpress satellites May 15 on a mission where SpaceX did not attempt to recover the Falcon 9 rocket’s first stage.
Mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat has yet to decide how it will use the Global Xpress satellite launching next week on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Telecom satellite operator Inmarsat says that it plans to continue building up Global Xpress beyond the four Boeing-built satellites initially meant to comprise the entire system.
Mobile satellite services operator Inmarsat on Aug. 4 sought to persuade investors that the pricing pressure affecting worldwide satellite prices will have less effect on Inmarsat than on its competitors, who are more focused on fixed data markets.
PARIS — Europe’s largest commercial airliner, Lufthansa, on Oct. 20 contracted with mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat to use Inmarsat’s Ka-band Global Xpress satellite service on Lufthansa’s European fleet.
Deutsche Telekom will build and operate 300 LTE ground stations in Europe to provide air-to-ground connectivity to airline passengers using Inmarsat’s satellite-based European Aviation Network.