At what altitude will OneWeb launch its satellites initially?
OneWeb will launch into a 450-500km altitude, which is above the International Space Station. From there, our satellites will climb to an operational orbit of 1,200km.
How did OneWeb choose its operational orbit?
We carefully considered and selected an orbit with a low density of space objects to minimize the risk of conjunctions. This is, however, only one of many considerations that led us to 1,200km.
How will OneWeb de-orbit its satellites?
At the end of its life, a OneWeb satellite will lower its perigee below the operational constellation. From there, we’ll gradually maneuver the satellite until it crosses below 200km, which ensures rapid atmospheric re-entry and disintegration to dust and minimizes the time that spacecraft spends in transition.
What is OneWeb’s position on the current regulatory framework?
The current regulatory framework is insufficient to address the growing need for safe operating principles, especially given the current trends in space utilization and constellation designs. OneWeb is employing best practices and proposing new guidelines to ensure the sustainability of future space applications.
How will OneWeb operate alongside proposed constellations which seek to operate in the same altitude?
OneWeb has demonstrated its willingness to reach agreements with other operators to ensure orbital safety. We think that constellations of more than 100 satellites should be separated by a minimum of 125km between the center of their orbits. This is necessary to safely and sustainably manage large constellations.