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Inmarsat-6 F1

H-IIA 204

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Launch Status
Success

Mission

Inmarsat-6 F1

Type: Communications
Launch Cost: $90,000,000

Inmarsat-6 is the sixth generation of satellites for the London-based global mobile satellite communications operator Inmarsat. It consists of a dual mission to augment both L-band and Ka-band Global Xpress services.

Airbus Defence and Space has been awarded a contract by Inmarsat to design and develop the first two Inmarsat-6 (I-6) mobile communications satellites, creating the most versatile mobile services satellites in its fleet.

The two I-6 satellites are based on Airbus Defence and Space’s Eurostar platform in its E3000e variant, which exclusively uses electric propulsion for orbit raising. The satellites take advantage of the reduction in mass that this electric propulsion technology enables for a dual payload mission, with an exceptionally large next generation digitally processed payload.

I-6 F1 and F2 both carry a large 9 m aperture L-band antenna and nine multibeam Ka-band antennas, and feature a high level of flexibility and connectivity. A new generation modular digital processor provides full routing flexibility over up to 8000 channels and dynamic power allocation to over 200 spot beams in L-band. Ka-band spot beams are steerable over the full Earth disk, with flexible channel to beam allocation.

Mission patch for Inmarsat-6 F1

Location

Yoshinobu Launch Complex

Tanegashima, Japan

84 rockets have launched from Tanegashima, Japan.

Yoshinobu Launch Complex, Tanegashima, Japan

Rocket

H-IIA 204 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Family: H-II
Length: 53 m
Diameter: 4 m
Launch Mass: 445 T

The H-IIA 204 was manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries with the first launch on 2006-12-18. H-IIA 204 has 4 successful launches and 0 failed launches with a total of 4 launches. H-IIA (H2A) is an active expendable launch system operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The liquid-fueled H-IIA rockets have been used to launch satellites into geostationary orbit, to launch a lunar orbiting spacecraft, and to launch Akatsuki, which studied the planet Venus. Launches occur at the Tanegashima Space Center.

Agency

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: MHI
Administration: Seiji Izumisawa
Founded: 1884
Launchers: H-I, H-II, H-III
Spacecraft: Kounotori, HTV
Country: JPN

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. MHI is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

MHI’s products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, printing machines, ships and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities, it is the world’s 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues and the largest based in Japan.

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Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
7 months ago

Go MHI aim for the stars.

Ken & Judy O
Ken & Judy O'Neill
6 months ago

Great launch MHI .