The leading satellite telecommunication company Inmarsat sent its fourth satellite of its Global Xpress constellation using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
The satellite released from the rocket 32 minutes post the lift. Inmarsat’s satellite follows Ka-band relay frequency series designed to provide high bandwidth robust network service to aircraft, ships and the commercial users as well. Th latest satellite is the heaviest till now weighing almost 13,500 pounds. Due to its heavy nature, back-landing of the booster doesn’t seem possible since the rocket consumes the propellants in the first stage itself to lift the heavily loaded satellite.
The satellite serves multiple areas of consumer base, it is mainly designed to strengthen the mobile broadband services and thereby an entire constellation i.e. Global Xpress (GX) in which a series of 4 satellites have been launched till now, according to the Michele Franci, Inmarsat’s chief technical officer.
Space X’s Falcon 9 has so far made 34 flights into space and this was the sixth flight in this current year. 10 out of the 15 boosters used have been recovered in the last two years. The company has been pacing up gradually in its space flights’ frequency considering this as its second one in the last 14 days. SpaceX has more satellite launch projects in its kitty; one of them is the Bulgarian communications satellite in the next month followed by an Intelsat satellite later that month.