Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will serve as the launch provider for a satellite that Airbus built for Inmarsat‘s sixth generation satellite fleet.
The Inmarsat-6 F1 satellite will be launched aboard the MHI H-IIA launch vehicle in 2020 to offer new capacities for the former’s customers including advanced global safety services, mobile services and Internet of Things applications, Inmarsat said Tuesday.
“Inmarsat is continually seeking to extend and diversify its ecosystem of partners, particularly in the strategically important area of launch providers,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat.
Masahiro Atsumi, vice president and senior general manager for space systems at MHI, said that the selection represents the company’s capacity to offer launch services and technological expertise.
“We hope to build a strong and lasting relationship with them, and to provide further launch services using our latest H3 rocket in future,” added Atsumi.