Falcon 9 to launch Inmarsat-6 F2 next year

(01 Mar 2022) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the second in the Inmarsat-6 series of satellites, I-6 F2, from Cape Canaveral, Florida in Q1 2023. Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries launched the first of the series, I-6 F1, in December 2021 and its fully electric propulsion system is now raising it to a geostationary orbital slot.

I-6 F1 will enter service in early 2023, following testing later this year, with I-6 F2 scheduled to follow into operation over the Atlantic later in 2023.

I-6 F1 and F2 are identical, with the payloads designed and manufactured in the UK at Airbus's facilities in Stevenage and Portsmouth, prior to final assembly in Toulouse, France.

The I-6s are Inmarsat's first dual band satellites, carrying both ELERA (L-band) and Global Xpress (GX – Ka-band) payloads. The Inmarsat 6 series of satellites will play a crucial role in the ongoing growth of the company's ORCHESTRA dynamic mesh network.

Details on the precise date for the launch will be provided once confirmed by Inmarsat and SpaceX.

Reference: Inmarsat PR

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