Inmarsat launches Global Express satellite

On Friday 28th August 2015, Spectra’s partnered satellite operator, Inmarsat, launched its third satellite in the Global Xpress constellation (I- 5 F3).

This new satellite puts Inmarsat on course to begin operating a global network of high-bandwidth satellites by the end of 2015.

Once in place it will provide up to 100 times faster broadband speeds, improving communications for oil and gas platforms, in-flight connectivity for airline passengers, deep-sea vessels, aid agencies and media crews working in remote locations.

Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said:

“The completion of the Global Xpress (GX) constellation will be a significant milestone for our organisation and is fundamental to the delivery of a new era in mobile satellite communications which will change the future for us all.

“We are particularly pleased that GX will support vital programmes enabling governments to meet the rapidly changing requirements of our world, including the transformation of remote societies that are currently inadequately served by terrestrial networks.”

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra, commented:

“For Spectra this will enhance the capability of existing products such as VSAT and SHADE. Our Satellite Services business will be able to use the high bandwidth opportunity available through Global Express to even better tailor communication packages to our core customers in Defence, Aid & Emergency and Commercial Utility markets.”

Spectra to Launch New Aviation Capability

Leading voice and data communications specialist, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, will launch an aviation capability of its successful SlingShot® communication system this September at the world’s leading defence and security exhibition, DSEI.

A lightweight system that adapts existing tactical radios to SATCOM capability, SlingShot uses commercial satellites to maintain real-time BLOS (beyond line of sight) communications in all scenarios.

Launched at the end of 2012, SlingShot enables users of in-service radios to securely communicate over tactical and strategic distances, connecting VHF and UHF networks over a single L-Band satellite frequency.

The recently developed Aviation capability comprises an Aero antenna that is either permanently attached to the aircraft, or acts as a temporary fixture. This works with a standard walk-on SlingShot system to aid flexible and secure communication between aircraft, foot patrols, vehicle or boats.

CEO of Spectra, Simon Davies, said:

 “Using Inmarsat’s L-TAC™, SlingShot provides a flexible service to cater for current, high tempo, operational requirements. Already with Manpack, Vehicle and Maritime systems, the Aviation capability will offer Command and Control Communications of all units, no matter where they are, to airborne platforms, without the necessity for land-based radio re-broadcast stations.

“Unlike other BLOS systems, SlingShot delivers robust voice and data COTM (communications on the move) and now with our development in aviation we can provide the same capability on both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.”

Commencing on Tuesday 15 September 2015, DSEI attracts over 30,000 attendees from the defence and security sectors, his including top military professionals.

To find out more about Spectra’s aviation capability, visit the team at DSEI on the UKTI Defence and Security Showcase N6-290.