Inmarsat Confirms Type Approval for Cobham SATCOM’s EXPLORER 3075GX and EXPLORER 5075GX Global Xpress Terminals
First Land Terminals to Meet Rigorous Inmarsat Standards and Earn ‘Approved’ Status for Global Xpress
17 March 2015: Following extensive live testing on Inmarsat-5 F1 from Cobham SATCOM’s facility in Denmark, Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) today announced that the Cobham EXPLORER 3075GX (E3075GX) and EXPLORER 5075GX (E5075GX) terminals have received full type approval for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network. They are the first land terminals to achieve full type approved status for GX and can now be used under the footprint of the first GX satellite, which covers Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Inmarsat’s global commercial Ka-band service is due to become available early in the second half of 2015.
The E3075GX and E5075GX have been designed primarily for media, NGOs and global governments. The terminals include a fully integrated iDirect Core Module with a user-friendly design, allowing users with little satellite experience to access GX services within minutes.
“Today’s announcement is a significant milestone in the GX programme and yet another step forward as we continue rolling out our revolutionary Ka-band network across the globe,” said Greg Ewert, president of Inmarsat Enterprise. “Cobham SATCOM has long been a reliable and innovative Inmarsat partner and we are pleased that the E3075GX and E5075GX have become the first commercial GX land terminals to achieve compliance with our comprehensive type approval requirements.”
The E5075GX is an auto-deploy fly-away system that is lightweight, rugged and highly portable, that will automatically acquire a GX satellite wherever it is located, with minimal operator intervention. The E3075GX is a variant of the E5075GX, which is manually pointed at the satellite by the user, guided by an intelligent software pointing assistant. The E5075GX has also been used to support beta testing requirements for a number of Inmarsat enterprise and government value added resellers.
“EXPLORER GX terminals are designed to make connecting to Global Xpress easy, so professional users can make the most of Inmarsat’s new cost-effective high throughput service,” said Henrik Noerrelykke, VP Land Business, Cobham SATCOM. “With type approval of the terminals now completed, we are ramping up manufacturing and will be at full production by the end of April.”
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.
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Cobham specialises in meeting the demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth in defence, security and commercial environments. Offering a technically diverse and innovative range of technologies and services, the Group protects lives and livelihoods, responding to customer needs with agility that differentiates it. The most important thing we build is trust. Employing more than 10,000 people on five continents, the Group has customers and partners in over 100 countries, with annual revenue of some £1.9bn / US$3 billion.
About Cobham SATCOM
Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing demand for communication, our products and services are used to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and recreational applications.
Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption. Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM’s products will keep providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and multimedia communications.
Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER™, SAILOR® and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design, development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Sweden and the USA.