Inmarsat-5 F2, the second of three satellites that will make up Inmarsat’s Global Xpress fleet, was successfully launched on 1 February 2015.
The rocket was launched on schedule from Pad 39 at 12:31 GMT and reached a sub-orbital trajectory less than 10 minutes later.
Through a series of five burns, the rocket carried the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, followed by intermediate and transfer orbits, and finally into a super-synchronous transfer orbit.
Separation of I-5 F2 and release into geosynchronous orbit occurred at 04:02 GMT on 1 February, at which point control of the satellite passed to Inmarsat’s mission team (where?) and the launch mission was declared a success.
Once operational, following extensive in-orbit and live service testing, I-5 F2 will deliver Global Xpress services to the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean Region, complementing Inmarsat-5 F1 coverage in the Indian Ocean Region. The third satellite in the constellation is scheduled for launch early in 2015, enabling the Global Xpress network to become globally available – expected early in the second half of this year.
At e3 we are the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress (FX) VAR for Yachting and we will be conducting beta trials on selected yachts soon.