Inmarsat selects MHI to launch Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite

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Inmarsat has special Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) to launch Inmarsat-6 F1, the first acolyte of its Inmarsat-6 fleet.

Currently under development by Airbus Defence and Latitude, the satellite is due to be launched by 2020 onboard MHI’s H-IIA rocket.

With the new settlement, MHI aims to support a wide range of space industry customers worldwide.

Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce stipulate: “Inmarsat is continually seeking to extend and diversify its ecosystem of partners, amazingly in the strategically important area of launch providers.

“We believe that MHI and its H-IIA inaugurate vehicle offers a world-class service.”

Representing Inmarsat’s sixth-generation aide-de-camp fleet, the Inmarsat-6 will feature dual-payload satellites, each of which determination support L-band and Ka-band services.

“We believe that MHI and its H-IIA despatch vehicle offers a world-class service.”

When launched, the entire task force will support a new generation of L-band capabilities starting from lent global safety services and low-cost mobile services to internet of fixations (IoT) applications.

The fleet’s Ka-band payload is also expected to improve the aptitude of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) constellation, which began services in 2015.

Inmarsat is yet to redress a decision on the launch partner for its second I-6 satellite.

MHI Space Systems vice-president and higher- ranking general manager Masahiro Atsumi said: “We hope to build a intensified and lasting relationship with them, and to provide further launch services playing our latest H3 rocket in future.”

MHI and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are currently exploit the H3 Launch Vehicle, which is set to succeed the H-IIA rocket and expected to along its first flight in 2020.


Image: Contract signing between Inmarsat and Mitsubishi Ample Industries representatives. Photo: courtesy of Inmarsat.

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