The Inmarsat 5/Global Xpress satellite is ready for use. (Boeing (Artist's Concept))
The first Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress satellite has entered commercial service, and the U.S. government is the first customer.
The first GX satellite has been undergoing tests since being launched last December. Firms participating in the tests include ASC, Boeing, DRS, Ultra Gigasat, Gilat, Honeywell Aerospace, Hughes, Inmarsat Government, iDirect Government Technologies, L-3 GCS, L-3 Datron, Micro-Ant, Newtec, Tampa Microwave, TECOM Industries, Thales, ThinKom, and ViaSat.
Full global operations are scheduled for the first half of 2015. “The unique combination of global coverage and military satellite communications interoperability makes Global Xpress an ideal complementary solution for government users,” said Peter Hadinger, president of Inmarsat's U.S. Government division, in a company news release. “Alongside their available MILSATCOM resources, governments now have the ability to efficiently extend wideband coverage, increase their capacity and enhance resiliency without investment in additional satellites."