OneWeb has confirmed the successful deployment of 40 satellites launched by SpaceX, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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The launch is OneWeb’s 15th to date and its second since resuming its campaign with a successful launch from India in October, putting the company on track to deliver global coverage in 2023.
Lift-off took place on Thursday 8th December 2022 at 5:27pm ET. OneWeb’s satellites separated successfully from the rocket and were dispensed in three phases over a period of one hour and 35 minutes, with signal acquisition on all 40 satellites confirmed.
With 502 satellites in-orbit, OneWeb has almost 80% of its first-generation constellation completed – with only three more launches remaining to reach global coverage. Today’s launch is a significant milestone, as the company will be able to dramatically expand service and initiate connectivity solutions soon to all areas down to the 35th parallel north and south, which includes services across the US, Southern Europe and North Africa, Northern India, the Middle East, Japan, Southern Australia, South Africa and parts of South America.
OneWeb already has connectivity solutions active today in Alaska, Canada, the UK, Greenland and wider Arctic area, with more locations coming online soon to provide internet connectivity to unserved and underserved rural and remote communities and businesses. Working through local partners such as telecommunications companies, internet service providers and local governments, OneWeb’s wholesale services can deliver high-speed, low-latency solutions for cellular backhaul, community Wi-Fi, remote enterprise use cases, and soon for the aviation and maritime industries.
OneWeb returns to the launchpad in early 2023 to launch its ‘Three to Global Reality’ campaign that will deliver its final satellites into its LEO constellation and activate coverage solutions globally. Today, OneWeb continues working with key distribution partners and customers to roll out connectivity solutions everywhere above 50 degrees north, where its services are already live.
Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb, commented: “This launch is an immensely gratifying way to close out 2022, bringing OneWeb another step closer to activating our coverage solutions globally and reflecting the shared ambition and collective goodwill that is driving the satellite communications industry. We are thankful for the support of other leaders in the space industry allowing us to quickly restart our launch campaign and 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.”