NKF advises SWISSto12 on deal to build satellites for Inmarsat

Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, has announced that SWISSto12, one of Europe’s fastest growing aerospace providers, will develop its new eighth-generation of spacecraft. The three I-8 satellites will provide additional network resilience, securing the future of Inmarsat’s global L-band safety services.

Today some 1.6 million seafarers and over 200 airlines rely on Inmarsat’s global L-band network to deliver 99.9 per cent availability every day. The company was founded in 1979 under the auspices of the United Nations specifically to provide highly reliable safety communications.

SWISSto12 will use its ground-breaking HummingSat satellite platform – in conjunction with unique 3D-printing technologies and specialised radio-frequency and payload products – to develop and manufacture the geostationary satellites, which will launch by 2026.

The NKF team was led by corporate/m&a and Technology partner Jacques Bonvin (pictured).