langue fr Airbus Defence and Space - 22/12/2021

Airbus-built Inmarsat-6, the world largest & most sophisticated commercial communications satellite

The Inmarsat-6 (I-6) satellites are not only the most technologically advanced and largest commercial communications satellites ever launched, they are also Inmarsats first hybrid satellites, featuring both L-band (ELERA) and Ka-band (Global Xpress) communications payloads.

It features one of the most sophisticated digitally processed payloads we ever built and delivers remarkable flexibility, capability and capacity.

As a long serving supplier to Inmarsat, having built the Inmarsat-4 and Alphasat satellites, Airbus is proud to continue helping keep Inmarsat at the top of its game with this step change in capability brought by Inmarsat-6.

Satellite characteristics:
Inmarsat-6 F1 is based on Airbus ultra-reliable Eurostar E3000 spacecraft and will be the 54th Eurostar E3000 launched.

It will be the sixth Eurostar in orbit that is equipped with electric propulsion for orbit raising reinforcing Airbus position as the world leader in electric propulsion.

Inmarsat-6 has a launch mass of 5.5 tons, spacecraft power of 21 kW and a design life of more than 15 years.