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Global Xpress is a revolutionary new global Ka Band service from Inmarsat using 3 geostationary Ka-band satellites covering the whole globe with the exception of the extreme polar regions.
I-5 F1 at 62.6 East launched December 2013 covers Europe, Middle east and Africa (EMEA).
I-5 F2 at 55 West launched February 2015 covers the Americas.
I-5 F3 at 179.6 East launched August 2015 covers Pacific, Asia and Western americas.
The monthly subscription cost for always-on Internet service is expected to be substantially less that Ku-band services available today.
Inmarsat, who, for the past 33 years, have provided metered (pay by the minute or MB) satcom services to ships at sea, have invested $1.2B in a fleet of satellites providing seamless, global, always-on Internet service.
Global Xpress offers downlink speeds of up to 50Mbps, and uplink speeds up to 5Mbps from maritime VSAT antennas as small as 60cm.
Because Ka-band is even more susceptible to rain fade than Ku-Band services, the KA_band terminals will be paired with Inmarsat Fleet Broadband (L-band) terminals as a backup during rain fade conditions. If the Ka-band service is interruptred for any reason, the system will automatically roll over to the L-band FleetBroadband terminal via the Inmarsat Network Service Device. There is no addional charge when the system uses the L-band FBB service but the bandwidth will be substantially reduced until the Ka-Band link has been restored.
Fleet Xpress requires the installation of a FleetBroadband FBB 250 or FBB500 satellite antenna and the Network Service Device.
These companies will develop, manufacture, test and distribute 60cm and 1m Global Xpress maritime satellite terminals.
The satellites will have 95 steerable Ka-band beams to provide global coverage and adapt to changing usage patterns over the projected 15-year operation of the satellites.
iDirect will design, develop, manufacture, test and commission the Global Xpress Ground Network Infrastructure, and supply a Global Xpress compatible Core Module (modem) for integration into Maritime satellite terminals.
iDirect will also be producing a range of Global Xpress core modules for the Aeronautical and Government sectors. The network and core modules will be fully consistent with the Global Xpress objective delivering up to 50Mbps downlink speeds to 60cm aperture terminals.
Cobham has been awarded contracts to develop, manufacture, test and distribute Global Xpress maritime satellite terminals, through their Sea Tel product line.
As initial launch partner, Cobham will ensure availability of Global Xpress maritime satellite terminals at service introduction planned for 2013.
Global Xpress will begin operations in 2013 with services tailored initially for the government, energy and maritime markets.
Sea Tel will develop, manufacture, test and distribute Global Xpress maritime satellite terminals, and ensure availability of the 60cm Ka-Band terminals when the service is introduced in 2013. The terminals will include a core module developed by iDirect. Sea Tel will distribute the new terminals and provide training and support prior to the launch of the first satellite. The deal is not exclusive, and other manufacturers will also likely produce antennas to operate in the Global Xpress network.
Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems that are building the three 702HP Ka-band satellites have awarded a new contract to Harris Corporation, to build the satellite antennas for the three Inmarsat-5 satellites.The satellites will have 95 steerable Ka-band beams to provide global coverage and adapt to changing usage patterns over the projected 15-year operation of the satellites. The antennas will use Harris's Gimbal Dish Antenna (GDA) technology.