OneWeb passes halfway point with latest launch

Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite company OneWeb has completed another successful launch of 36 satellites, taking its total in-orbit constellation to 358 – more than half of its entire planned 648-satellite fleet.

The launch was carried out by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome on 14 October. The satellites were separated from the rocket in nine batches over a period of almost four hours, with signal acquisition on all 36 satellites confirmed.

OneWeb has now begun a series of service demonstrations to showcase the network’s hardware and capabilities, opening demo centres at the company’s headquarters in London and at the Westcott Venture Park Innovation Centre in Buckinghamshire, UK. Other centres have also been located in the US, in Talkeetna, Alaska, and Germantown, Maryland.

In the past month, the company has announced a partnership with Galaxy Broadband, as well as the completed acquisition of TrustComm, as it continues to build up its capabilities ahead of full commercial service introduction. Global service is expected to begin in 2022.

“Now is a truly exciting time for OneWeb’s global communications network. Our talented team and partners across the globe have made enormous strides while remaining sharply focused on delivering our network,” said Neil Masterson, OneWeb CEO.

“As we continue to expand and solidify new agreements, we see major demand for our services from global customers. I am incredibly proud of the team and all our partners for delivering another successful launch and taking our satellite constellation past the halfway mark.”

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