Inmarsat-5 satellite gets flying colours

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The first of four Boeing satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network has passed all of its on-orbit testing and has now been handed over to Inmarsat. The high-speed mobile broadband satellite, launched on 8 December, will support a wide range of government and commercial customer uses, including in-flight connectivity, communications for vessels at sea, streaming video and other voice and data services.

Boeing is under contract to build four Inmarsat-5 satellites, with two more scheduled for completion and launch by the end of 2014, and the fourth satellite scheduled to be delivered in 2016. The Inmarsat-5 satellites carry a secondary payload that Boeing Commercial Satellite Services will lease to potential government customers through a reseller agreement with Inmarsat.

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