London, UK, 17 December 2020: OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) global satellite communications company, intends to Return to Flight tomorrow, with the launch and deployment of 36 satellites at 12:26 GMT by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
This will be OneWeb’s third launch in 2020 and would bring the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO fleet designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.
This launch marks the first commercial mission from Vostochny Cosmodrome performed by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate, putting the satellites into a near-polar orbit.
Less than a month since its acquisition by the UK Government and Bharti, OneWeb is quickly returning to full operations -- hiring at a fast pace, restarting launches, continuing to build its ground station network, and pushing forward on user terminal development.
The success of this launch will put OneWeb on track to offer global services to customers starting with the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas, and Canada in 2021 with global service following in 2022.
OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture with Airbus, is manufacturing the satellites and has returned full production.
OneWeb has already secured global ITU priority spectrum rights.
OneWeb is a global communications network powered from space, headquartered in London, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service, connected to the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere. Find out more at http://www.oneweb.world