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Photos: Inmarsat satellite lifts off

All systems go for mobile communications
By Ahsanul Islam, Contributor on
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All systems go for mobile communications

The Proton Breeze M rocket has successfully launched the third Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite, which weighs more than six tonnes and is the size of a London double-decker bus.

The satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier this week. The satellite has been in development for two decades, taking in $1.5bn investment.

Photo credit: Inmarsat

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This third satellite (pictured here during integration) will increase Inmarsat's global mobile satellite comms coverage from 98 per cent to complete coverage of the world's population, servicing industries including shipping, oil, defence, aviation and the media.

Photo credit: Inmarsat

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The I-4 is still in need of thorough testing before it can be put into geostationary orbit to circle the Earth's equator.

Inmarsat said that once the third I-4 is operational, it will be the only fully funded next-generation network for mobile satellite services.

Photo credit: Inmarsat

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