Melbourne, Florida, March 19 — OneWeb, the global communications company, powered from Space successfully demonstrated its turnkey satellite-based communications system to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on March 2nd.
The event, which was conducted in front of service representatives from the US Space Command at OneWeb’s demonstration facility in Melbourne, Florida, represents the first time the solution has been demonstrated to the U.S. Government.
Designed to provide Governments with truly global and resilient connectivity services from November 2021 onwards, OneWeb’s solution will feature a network of 648 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, global gateways and air, maritime and land user terminals.
During the live event, OneWeb demonstrated, under test conditions, how an initial constellation of 110 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and two ground user terminals provided data rates up to 500Mbps at latency levels as low as 32ms. The demonstration also illustrated the seamless handover of connectivity between multiple LEO satellites as they passed overhead.
Speaking at the event, Head of Government Sales at OneWeb, Dylan Browne said: “This hugely successful demo shows how Government customers including the U.S. DoD can benefit from our innovative solution to support their rapidly evolving needs for low latency, high bandwidth, affordable and reliable global communications, enabled through innovative Internet Broadband coverage”.
“We are going to be a core component in the global communications architecture of Governments, providing defense customers with secure, resilient and resilient voice and data communications anywhere in the World,” he added.
OneWeb is also planning additional demonstrations in April to illustrate its capability to the U.S. Special Operation Command (SOCOM) and US Central Command (CENTCOM).
In November 2021, OneWeb will begin providing commercial services across the Arctic, Europe and North America. Coverage will be extended to include Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa in 2022.
Satellites are manufactured by OneWeb Satellites, a joint-venture with Airbus and OneWeb at a dedicated manufacturing facility in Cape Canaveral, US with dual production lines capable of producing two satellites a day and of integrating suitable co-payloads into the design.
OneWeb is co-owned by a consortium of investors led by the UK Government and Indian telecommunications provider, Bharti Global Limited.
Video of a OneWeb Demo taking place in Melbourne, Florida is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPtmB8SV0Ts
OneWeb's mission is to enable Internet access for everyone, everywhere. OneWeb is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to people around the world. OneWeb is creating business solutions for Broadband, Government and Cellular Backhaul. Its high speed, low latency, network will offer game-changing Mobility solutions to industries that rely on global connectivity, such as Aviation, Maritime, Automotive, Trains and more, supported through Cloud Computing and ‘on-demand’ digital resources.
Ideal for Government missions across multiple mission space domains; land, sea and air. OneWeb’s Government business will provide a truly game changing communications-on-the-move capability with fiber-like data-rates, low SWaP user terminals and latency on all platforms.