Successful launch confirmed
for Inmarsat-5 F2

Inmarsat announced the successful launch of its second Global Xpress (GX) satellite on board an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 1 February.

The Inmarsat-5 F2 (I-5 F2) satellite was correctly acquired by the Inmarsat
Paumalu ground station at 1810 GMT on 1 February, and launch provider ILS confirmed a successful spacecraft separation at 0402 GMT on 2 February.

Over the following weeks the Inmarsat operations team has commanded the satellite to perform a series of manoeuvres to raise I-5 F2 to a geo-synchronous elliptical orbit, and by the end of February it was expected to have completed deployment of its solar arrays and reflectors.