27 November 2019: Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch of GX5, the fifth satellite in its Global Xpress (GX) fleet. The satellite was lifted into orbit by an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the Ariane Launch Complex No. 3 (ELA-3) in Kourou, French Guiana.
GX5 is a very high throughput satellite (V-HTS), scheduled to enter commercial service in early 2020. It will deliver additional, focused capacity over Europe and the Middle East to meet the ever-growing demand for reliable, seamless, high capacity broadband services.
“I am delighted to confirm the successful launch of GX5, the next exciting step in the story of Global Xpress, which has already become the gold standard of worldwide mobile satellite broadband,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat. “This marks the first of eight launches in the coming four years that will grow our world-leading services to meet rapidly-expanding demand, connecting people around the world to reach their full potential. GX5 will also continue to ensure that Inmarsat’s thousands of Global Xpress customers remain at the cutting-edge of global connectivity technologies as their needs evolve.
“My thanks go to the team at Inmarsat, as well as at our partners Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace, for their tireless efforts to reach this exciting stage.
“We now move on to manoeuvring GX5 into its orbit and carrying out the necessary tests prior to its deployment early next year, delivering additional next-level high-speed broadband services to our customers in Europe and the Middle East.”