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posted 12-08-2013 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BBC News reports that the roll-out has begun for Britain's single biggest commercial space project.
The London-based Inmarsat company has launched the first spacecraft in what will be a new global telecommunications network for its on-the-move customers.

Inmarsat plans to launch up to three further spacecraft in its Ka-band Global Xpress (GX) system, representing an investment of £1bn ($1.6bn).

The initial I-5 F1 satellite was launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

Its Proton rocket left the pad at 18:12 local time (12:12 GMT) on a long flight due to last over 15 hours.

All times are CT (US)

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