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Inmarsat launches fourth broadband communications satellite

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Inmarsat on Tuesday said it has launched its fourth, high-speed broadband communications satellite in its Global Xpress constellation.

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Inmarsat-5 F4 was launched by Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp - or SpaceX - on a Falcon 9 rocket from the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Inmarsat and I-5 F4's manufacturer Boeing Network & Space Systems are now raising the spacecraft to a geostationary orbit, at which point the satellite will deploy its solar arrays and reflectors, and undergo payload testing.

I-5 F4 joins the three GX satellites already in orbit, which have, since December 2015, been delivering service speeds, global coverage, reliability and security to users on land, at sea and in the air.

"I-5 F4 augments the capabilities of GX and, alongside our existing L-band constellations, enables Inmarsat to provide guaranteed global connectivity to industries and governments worldwide," Chief Executive Rupert Pearce said in a statement.

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