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Boeing touts role in global connectivity program

Boeing touts role in global connectivity program

Boeing’s head honcho, Jim McNerney, yesterday took the opportunity to highlight the company’s role in supporting Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Ka-band aeronautical service, which will provide near global inflight connectivity for airlines and their passengers.

The manufacturer, which is building the Ka-band satellites to support GX, saw an “option exercise for a fourth satellite”, by Inmarsat in 2013, as well as the “successful” launch of the first satellite into geosynchronous orbit, said McNerney.

The optioned fourth satellite will initially serve as a spare, ensuring the program has redundancy should anything happen during launch of the other three satellites.

The video below about GX is really very snazzy (you feel like you’re on top of the world), but for an update on the program, see the succeeding video interview with Inmarsat Aviation president Miranda Mills.

An interesting factoid from Mills: “Did you know that the span of the solar arrays is similar to the span of a Boeing 737?”


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