OneWeb’s broadband constellation is almost reaching the midway spot

OneWeb’s broadband constellation is almost reaching the midway spot

OneWeb is almost midway through implementing its low Earth orbit constellation. This is after Arianespace effectively launching another 34 satellites for the broadband operator on 14th September.

The satellite’s launch on a Soyuz rocket at 2:07 p.m. Eastern from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. This is expanding OneWeb’s network to 322 satellites of an intentional 648-strong constellation.

Arianespace says that its tenth mission for OneWeb also hit the 1000th satellite that the launch services provider processes in its 41 years of operations.

Stéphane Israël is the CEO of Arianespace and mentions the following in a statement –
  • This launch demonstrates the recent hastening in space operation
  • One-third of these 1,000 Arianespace-launched satellites orbited over the 20 past months
  • Hence, it is obligatory upon us, as leaders in the space sector, to hold our responsibility to promote sustainable space operations

OneWeb intends to launch industrial services in the upper part of the Northern Hemisphere in 60-90 days. Mentions Sunil Bharti Mittal on 8th September who is the executive chairman at OneWeb.

Mittal says that the satellite operator is having dozens of talks with distributors worldwide. This is since it organizes to implement connectivity services for governments and industries in –
  • Maritime
  • Aviation
  • Other enterprise markets

Hughes Network Systems is a OneWeb ground equipment supplier and investor. He makes an announcement on 9th September to sell OneWeb capability in the U.S. for enterprise customers. This is along with another contract to deliver multimarket solutions to rural and remote parts of India.

Those contracts came a day after OneWeb says that AT&T will make use of its satellites in order to extend high-speed broadband services. This is to areas beyond the telco’s fiber path in the United States.

“We remain to see a massive and increasing demand for our services from global customers. We are extremely excited about both launching commercial service and grading our global network,” says Neil.  Neil Masterson is the CEO at OneWeb.

Arianespace intends to execute nine more Soyuz launches for OneWeb in order to implement the outstanding satellites in its constellation prior to the end of 2022.

Following the most recent launch, Israël tweets that Arianespace’s next operation for OneWeb is scheduled for 14th October from Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia.


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