Inmarsat selects MHI to launch Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inmarsat is yet to make a steadfastness 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 antagonistically and lasting relationship with them, and to provide further launch ceremonies using our latest H3 rocket in future.”

MHI and Japan Aerospace Exploration Medium (JAXA) are currently developing the H3 Launch Vehicle, which is set to succeed the H-IIA soar and expected to make its first flight in 2020.


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

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