Inmarsat’s successful on-schedule launch of the Alphasat, its geostationary communications satellite, on July 25th, entrenched its position as a top satellite communications provider in the mobile satellite services (MSS) market. The Alphasat is on time and to be followed by the Inmarsat-5s expected in the next two years; with the deployment of all three spacecraft constellation, Inmarsat will be able to offer the seamless global connectivity demanded by the aviation industry by 2015.
The Global Express (GX) is expected to revolutionise the aircraft connectivity market and the on-board passenger experience. Inmarsat’s likely coronation as the leading satcom provider for the aviation industry will owe a great deal to its strategic industry partnerships with iDirect for the ground segment, Honeywell for the network infrastructure, and its in-house capabilities that shaped the 3-channel GX TV and customised applications for the cockpit crew, the cabin crew and the passengers. Continue>