OneWeb backed by India-based Bharti Enterprises has launched 36 satellites from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome, bringing the total in-orbit constellation to 358 satellites, the company said.
OneWeb Launches 36 Internet Satellites In Orbit!
OneWeb, located in London, is constructing a constellation of 648 Low Earth Orbit(LEO) spacecraft to provide high-speed, low-latency worldwide communication.
The new mission lasted three hours and 51 minutes in total and featured nine separate separations of four satellites, each of which will lift itself to its operational orbit.
“With this launch, OneWeb celebrates the start of service demonstrations which showcase the network’s hardware and capabilities across an array of applications,”
the company said in a statement.
OneWeb has demo centres open at the company’s headquarters in London and the Westcott Venture Park Innovation Centre in Buckinghamshire, as well as in the US in Talkeetna, Alaska and Germantown, Maryland, it added.
The recent partnerships are AT&T, Hughes Network Systems, Peraton, and BT. OneWeb also has raised $2.7 billion since November 2020, with no debt issuance.
“Once deployed, the OneWeb constellation will enable user terminals that are capable of offering 3G, LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi coverage, providing high-speed access globally – by air, sea and land,”
Arianespace said in a statement.
OneWeb Main Contract
The constellation’s main contractor is OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space.
The satellites were created utilising the company’s cutting-edge satellite manufacturing technology, which can produce up to two spacecraft per day on a specialised series production line for satellite assembly, integration, and testing.