OneWeb restarts launch programme

OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of an additional 36 satellites for its global low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, resuming its launch programme as the company looks towards the introduction of commercial services in 2021.

The launch, aboard a Soyuz vehicle from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, brings the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, from OneWeb’s initial planned 648 LEO satellite fleet. Signal acquisition on all 36 satellites has been confirmed.

The launch took place less than a month after the company’s acquisition by the UK Government and Bharti Global was confirmed, completing its re-emergence from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process OneWeb entered earlier this year.

The firm says that it is now on track to offer services to customers starting with the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas, and Canada in 2021 with global service following in 2022.

“It’s inspiring to be part of a fast-returning organisation refocused on our mission of bringing connectivity to everyone, everywhere,” said Neil Masterson, OneWeb CEO.

“Each launch moves us closer to our goal of building this much needed global, secure, trusted, enterprise-grade broadband network, powered from space. We look forward to offering our commercial services to global users.”

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