OneWeb closes in on satellite network completion

OneWeb has confirmed the successful deployment of 40 new satellites launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the company’s 16th launch to date.

Following the completion of this most recent mission on January 9th, OneWeb now has only two more launches remaining to complete its first-generation constellation, as it looks to begin offering full global connectivity in 2023.

The company now has 542 satellites in orbit, and has already begun delivering services in Alaska, Canada, the UK, Greenland and the wider Arctic area though its distribution partner network.

Expanded services using satellites deployed during recent launches are expected to come online soon across the US, southern Europe, Australia, and the Middle East, OneWeb notes.

“OneWeb believes that connection everywhere changes everything and each of these launches provides us with more capacity to help our partners connect communities, businesses, and governments around the world,” said Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb.

“I want to thank SpaceX for their continued support, which has now brought about two successful launches. Every launch is a team effort, and we are grateful to everyone who makes these incredible moments possible.”

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