OneWeb constellation passes 500 satellites

OneWeb has confirmed the successful deployment of 40 satellites launched by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center in the US, bringing its total number of satellites in orbit to 502 and leaving the company just three more launches from completing global coverage with the network.

This launch is OneWeb’s 15th to date and the second since resuming its campaign with a launch from India in October, after launches from the Russian-controlled Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan were halted earlier this year following the invasion of Ukraine.

The constellation is now close to 80% completion, with connectivity services already active in Alaska, Canada, the UK, Greenland and the wider Arctic area. OneWeb is scheduled to return to the launchpad in early 2023 to begin its final campaign of three launches to deliver its last satellites into the LEO constellation and activate coverage globally.

“This launch is an immensely gratifying way to close out 2022, bringing OneWeb another step closer to activating our space-based connectivity globally and reflecting the shared ambition and collective goodwill that is driving the satellite communications industry,” said Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb.

“We are thankful for the support of other leaders in the space industry allowing us to quickly restart our launch campaign and we are delighted to work with SpaceX today for our first-ever launch from Florida, the home where our satellites are manufactured.”

“As we look to our final ‘Three to Global Reality’ launches in the first half of 2023, we are thrilled to see our connectivity footprint dramatically expand from today, and to soon activate our network globally to reach remote and under-served areas of the world.”

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