Shouldn't everyone have access to the world's information? In 2018 OneWeb will launch a constellation of satellites to provide affordable high-speed Internet access for the world’s unconnected

Countdown to Launch

OneWeb’s first satellites have successfully arrived in Kourou, French Guiana.

The launch is back on for 27 February 2019 at 18:37 GMT-3

(9:37pm GMT | 4:37pm ET | 1:37pm PT)

Need

We All Need Access

But half the world has no way to connect. OneWeb is on a mission to bridge the digital divide by 2027.

Official Statement

January 30, 2019

Following routine checks for the upcoming OneWeb launch, Arianespace informed us of technical issue on the Fregat upper stage of the Soyuz launcher. The Fregat stage has been placed in safe configuration, enabling Arianespace to conduct additional testing.
 
OneWeb’s technical team is working closely with Arianespace to evaluate any potential impact on the OneWeb launch. Such events are not uncommon in the launch industry. OneWeb and Arianespace, with their Russian partners, remain focused on launch success and launch preparation activities. We continue to work together to prepare the launch vehicle and OneWeb’s satellites for launch.
 
We will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

  • Education

    We can connect every school to the Internet by 2022.

  • Information

    We're building a new global knowledge infrastructure accessible to all.

  • Equality

    Our mission is to fully bridge the digital divide by 2027.

  • Inclusion

    The web enables us all to participate. This is not just our mission, it's everyone's. 

Solution

Satellites Make It All Possible

We're building the world's fastest satellite production facility. Making high performance satellites more affordable and available. 

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  • Constellation of satellites

    Producing 900 satellites, which will circle the Earth to enable affordable access.

  • Faster

    OneWeb’s satellites will be closer to the earth allowing for better web performance.

  • Coverage

    OneWeb’s constellation of satellites will logically interlock with each other to create a coverage footprint over the entire planet.

  • User terminals

    Small, low-cost user terminals will talk to the satellites in the sky, and emit 3G, LTE, 5G and WiFi to the surrounding areas, providing high-speed access for everyone.

Use Cases

Assured Global Communications

OneWeb can address the most demanding global connectivity challenges and sudden infrastructure crises. Those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes and refugee situations are often abruptly without infrastructure — OneWeb will bridge these gaps providing instantly deployable connectivity or long-term access solutions.

Low Latency Broadband At 30,000 Ft

OneWeb is expanding in-flight connectivity. Our system will provide business jet, commercial airline and military aviation customers with airtime services that will include weather, navigation and health monitoring of the aircraft. Together we can bring the benefits of affordable, low‑latency Internet to 30,000 ft.

Vehicle Cell Network For First Responders

Wherever you go, your mobile network will follow you with our patented mobile terminal. It mounts to the top of any emergency vehicle, providing a 200m LTE coverage circle when towers aren’t available. Our terminal will sense whether your operator has coverage and, when they don’t, instantly make their mobile network available. We can provide instantly deployable connectivity or long-term access solutions to those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes and refugee situations, extending the operator's network and assuring 4G quality Internet and voice for first responders, humanitarian workers and medical personnel where and when they need it most.

Direct To Home, School Or Health Center

Our network is everyone’s network. Our system can provide access to health centers, schools, libraries, and homes through our low cost user terminal, ensuring relief to communities in need, tools to drive education, access to knowledge, and opportunities for local businesses. It’s all part of our mission to connect the world.

Rural Coverage For Mobile Operators

OneWeb will act as an extension of existing networks, not a replacement. Much of the world is already covered by ISPs and mobile operators’ high capacity networks. Our system is designed to extend these networks into rural areas and create affordable connectivity for all. Our small cell terminals and core network will be fully 3GPP compatible, so partner operators will be able to use our infrastructure with their current customers, devices and billing systems. Our terminals will connect to devices either on unlicensed frequencies, or using our partner operators’ frequencies to provide better coverage for their customers.

Building A Neutral Network

OneWeb’s architecture will provide layer 2 and layer 3 services that can be used by any ISP or telecommunication provider to extend any network. Our small cell terminals and core network will be fully 3GPP compatible, allowing OneWeb to work together with providers in any regulatory environment, anywhere in the world. 

Technology

How Small Satellites Are Made

Mass production and satellites have never been used in the same sentence. Each satellite used to be handcrafted by hundreds of engineers. Until now. OneWeb is changing things. Today, satellites can be made in the same way high quality medical and avionics equipment are.

OneWeb Satellites:
  • Fewer components
  • Lighter weight
  • Easier to manufacture
  • Cheaper to launch

OneWeb's User Terminals

User terminals will provide high-speed connectivity with no change in latency during satellite handovers to ensure excellent voice quality, gaming and web experience. Our patent‑pending terminals can be self-installed. They are small, affordable and so efficient they can operate with optionally included solar panels, battery packs, and WiFi/LTE/3G and 2G radios to provide coverage directly to cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Progressive Pitch

In 1997, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU), recognizing the potential disparity in connectivity access, opened nearly 7 GHz of spectrum globally to connect the world through non-geostationary satellite systems. OneWeb’s license to utilize this capacity enables it to accomplish this through the use of a key enabling technology, developed by OneWeb and called “Progressive Pitch™”. This patent pending technology allows us to use this spectrum in the most efficient way by gradually and slightly tilting our satellites as they approach the equator to make sure we never cause, or receive, interference.

Responsible Use Of Space

Global Citizenship in Space and on Earth

OneWeb understands space is a shared, natural resource that must be protected like any other. We are passionate about preventing debris creation, respecting existing space assets, and ensuring a safe and sustainable space (and Earth!) environment for the future.

On Board Propulsion and State of the Art Positioning

With state‑of‑the‑art onboard GPS sensors and ground-tracking measurements, OneWeb satellites will know their position within meters.
We’ve chosen clean orbits with minimal debris and our satellites, using their on-board propulsion systems are capable of performing maneuvers to steer clear of anything that may come our way.

End of Life Disposal

When a OneWeb satellite nears the end of its intended service life, it will de-orbit automatically, ensuring that the space around our planet remains free and clear for future generations.

Board of Directors

Greg Wyler | Founder and Executive Chairman, OneWeb

Greg Wyler

Founder and Executive Chairman, OneWeb

Ohad Finkelstein | Co-Founder and Partner of Marker-LLC

Ohad Finkelstein

Co-Founder and Partner of Marker-LLC

Ricardo Salinas | Founder and Chairman of Grupo Salinas

Ricardo Salinas

Founder and Chairman of Grupo Salinas

Alex Clavel | Head of M&A and Corporate Finance, SoftBank Group

Alex Clavel

Head of M&A and Corporate Finance, SoftBank Group

Adrian Steckel | CEO OneWeb

Adrian Steckel

CEO OneWeb

Quinn Li | SVP Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures

Quinn Li

SVP Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures

Dirk Hoke | CEO Airbus Defence and Space

Dirk Hoke

CEO Airbus Defence and Space

First Round Investors

From left to right: Dean Manson, Stephen Spengler, Richard Branson, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Greg Wyler, Tom Enders, Paul Jacobs

From left to right: Dean MansonStephen SpenglerRichard BransonSunil Bharti MittalGreg WylerTom EndersPaul Jacobs

News

In The News

Press Releases

OneWeb’s Inaugural Launch Takes FIRST® into Space

London, UK, February, 21, 2019 ― OneWeb, a global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone, everywhere, today announced that it will take FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international, youth-serving, nonprofit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen, into orbit on February 26th.  

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OneWeb’s first satellites arrive in Kourou, French Guiana in preparation for the first OneWeb launch on February 19, 2019

Toulouse, France, January 22, 2019 –  OneWeb, a global communications company with a mission to provide internet to everyone, everywhere through a global satellite constellation, announced that its first satellites have successfully arrived in Kourou, French Guiana as the company prepares for its first launch on February 19th

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OneWeb Announces the Appointments of Adrian Steckel as CEO and Eric Béranger as President and COO

Today’s decision propels OneWeb closer to fulfilling its mission of bridging the digital divide. OneWeb, which is building the world’s highest throughput satellite system to enable affordable, high-speed, low latency broadband access for all announces the appointment of Adrian Steckel as Chief Executive Officer and Eric Béranger as President and Chief Operating Officer. 

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Hughes Ships First Gateways for the Ground Network to Support OneWeb’s Low Earth Orbit Constellation

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services, today announced the shipment of the first gateways that will support the OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. The Gateways feature multiple tracking antennas to support operation and handoff of high-speed user traffic to and from the LEO satellites, as well as a custom switching complex, outdoor modems and power amplifiers.

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OneWeb Finalizes Executive Team Appointments Leading Up to the Launch of Global Constellation and Services

LONDON March 8, 2018: OneWeb, which is building the world’s highest throughput satellite system to enable affordable, high-speed, low latency broadband services for all, announced three new senior executives

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Airbus, Delta, OneWeb, Sprint, Airtel Announce the Formation of Seamless Air Alliance Enabling Airlines to Empower Passengers with Seamless In-Cabin Connectivity Experience

The Alliance welcomes interested parties to join as members to be at the forefront of driving global change to enhance passenger experience

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Careers

Jobs That Matter

OneWeb is on a mission to build the world’s largest satellite constellation to enable affordable Internet access for everyone. At OneWeb, we believe communication is a fundamental human need essential for the most important elements in our lives, such as education, creativity, disaster relief and equality. Come join the team that is making communication ubiquitous on a global scale.

Contact

Questions?

We are here to answer any questions you may have about OneWeb. Reach out to us and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

Email

For press related inquiries please reach out to one of our media relations professionals:

press@oneweb.net

Address

London Office: West Works Building, 195 Wood Lane W12 7FQ

Virginia Office: 1785 Greensboro Station Place, Tower 3, McLean VA 22102

Florida Office: 6525 3rd Street, Suite 203, Rockledge, FL 32955

California Office: 2570 W. El Camino Real, Suite 440, Mountain View, CA 94040

VA Tysons Office: 8201 Greensboro Dr, Suite 405, McLean, VA 22102

All For One.
OneWeb For All.

This project is large and challenging. Collaboration is the key to its success. OneWeb is everyone’s network. It belongs to us all. And it needs all of us to take action.

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