Inmarsat ORCHESTRA hits first milestone in space with new LEO satellite

(20 Dec 2021) Inmarsat said that ORCHESTRA, the company's future network for global mobility and government communications, achieved its first milestone in space with the successful activation of a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite payload.

The LEO satellite is testing new concepts and system configurations for ORCHESTRA's proposed LEO constellation, which will seamlessly integrate with geosynchronous orbit (GEO) and highly elliptical orbit (HEO) satellites.

ORCHESTRA is the first global network of its kind; creating a global, multi-dimensional, dynamic mesh network that will redefine connectivity at scale with the highest capacity for mobility world-wide and at hot spots across the world, according to Inmarsat. It will deliver the fastest average speeds and the lowest average latency of any network, planned or in existence, the company said.

While details of the in-orbit testing remain confidential, Inmarsat has confirmed that the LEO demonstration satellite payload is testing concepts for LEO-to-ground and LEO-to-GEO communications, which are key steps in delivering the capabilities proposed for ORCHESTRA. As the LEO satellite features a reprogrammable payload, additional concepts will be tested over the coming months.

Reference: Inmarsat PR

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