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.