Inmarsat will create a global Ka-band broadband system to complement its existing L-band system, the company announced Friday. As expected, Boeing has contracted to supply three 702HP spacecraft for the space segment of the system, which will be known as Inmarsat 5. Each satellite will be equipped with 89 fixed spot beams and have some in-orbit processing (AWIN First, Aug. 5). To be in place by 2014, the spacecraft will have a throughput exceeding 100 Gbps — Inmarsat is keeping exact ...
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