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Inmarsat, Sea Launch: Upcoming Satcom Liftoffs Unaffected by Russian Sanctions

SatelliteAirForceGPSInmarsat and Sea Launch expect that new sanctions against Russia from the U.S. and European Union should not disrupt the companies’ planned communication satellite launches, SatNews reported Thursday.

Jonathon Sinnatt, a spokesman for Inmarsat, said the company’s second and third satellites of the Global Xpress constellation are scheduled for liftoff by the end of this year, according to SatNews.

Sea Launch is contracted to provide commercial launch services for a Eutelsat telecommunications satellite and believes the additional sanctions imposed on Russia will not have much impact on business operations.

“All the necessary licenses have already been secured by Sea Launch’s U.S. prime contractor, Energia Logistics Ltd., and remain in effect,” said Peter Stier, a Sea Launch spokesman, according to the report.

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