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posted by martyb on Wednesday February 12 2020, @05:28AM   Printer-friendly
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OneWeb's first large batch of satellites launch on Arianespace Soyuz rocket

A Soyuz rocket launched 34 small broadband satellites for OneWeb Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, marking the beginning of a multi-launch campaign for the company.

[...] The launch expands OneWeb's constellation of low Earth orbiting satellites to 40, following a Soyuz launch last February that carried six satellites.

Adrian Steckel, OneWeb's chief executive, told SpaceNews the company has another batch of 34 satellites launching from Baikonur in March before the company plans to take a monthlong break to implement spacecraft software and hardware changes. After that pause, OneWeb plans to launch once in May and once in June before potentially shifting out of a monthly launch cadence, he said.

Steckel said OneWeb still plans to achieve global coverage by the end of 2021. The company is building its satellites in Florida through a joint venture with Airbus Defence and Space called OneWeb Satellites.

Counting Thursday's launch, OneWeb plans to conduct a total of 17 or 18 Soyuz launches and one Ariane 6 launch with Arianespace to orbit 588 satellites before the end of next year, Steckel said. After those launches, OneWeb will pause again before deciding a schedule for launching 60 spares, completing the 648-satellite first-generation constellation, he said.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Wednesday February 12 2020, @05:39PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Wednesday February 12 2020, @05:39PM (#957283) Journal []

    I've read on another site that they will not sell directly to consumers, instead will sell capacity to local ISPs that then will sell it to end users. On one hand it seems to be a safer bet because they can sign few big contracts and don't have to deal with dumb users who can point the antenna up, but on the other it will probably make it much more expensive and it seems that star link will run circles around them.

    I've expected Starlink to do the exact same thing to attempt to insulate themselves from the dirty work of being an ISP.

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