The second Inmarsat-6 geostationary telecommunications satellite arrived at the Kennedy Center in an Airbus Beluga for launch in February.
The second generation INMARSAT-6 satellite is based on Airbus’ Eurostar E3000 spacecraft and 58th Eurostar E3000 built by Airbus, It will be the ninth Eurostar equipped with electric propulsion to go into orbit, cementing Airbus’ position as a leader in this type of propulsion.
François Gaulier, Head of Telecom and navigation systems airbusTold: “I-6 F2, with its sophisticated digitally processed payload, will join Inmarsat-6 F1 (I-6 F1) into orbit, providing it This will provide more flexibility and capacity to Inmarsat. It is the tenth geo-communication satellite that we built for our customer Inmarsat, a leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, and with the I-6 F1 the satellites will enable a step change in their ELERA (L-band) capabilities and support their network will provide significant additional capacity for GlobalExpress”.The I-6 F1 and I-6 F2 each have a large 9m L-band antenna open and Band of Six Multibeam Antennaswhich provides high level Flexibility and Connectivity, They also carry a new generation of modular digital processors to provide Full routing flexibility up to 8000 channels and dynamic power allocation for up to 200 L-band spot beams per spacecraft. Ka-band spot beams can be steered across the terrestrial diskWith flexible channel-to-beam assignment.