OneWeb’s first satellites arrive in French Guiana in preparation for the first OneWeb launch
(22 January 2019 - OneWeb) OneWeb announced that its first satellites have successfully arrived in Kourou, French Guiana as the company prepares for its first launch on February 19th.
This achievement demonstrates the hard work and commitment of industry partners as OneWeb continues to make progress towards building the world’s first global satellite communications network in space.
The satellites were manufactured by OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus that brings combined expertise in communications, manufacturing, and space to develop ultra-high performance satellites through a revolutionary new advanced manufacturing process.
The six ultra-high performance satellites delivered today were built at OneWeb Satellites’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Toulouse. Future satellites will be built at both the Toulouse facility and at a second facility in Exploration Park, Florida which will be inaugurated in the coming months.
OneWeb is excited to be partnering with Arianespace for the first launch, scheduled for February 19th on a Soyuz rocket. With the first satellites of the constellation launched, OneWeb plans to launch more than 30 satellites at a time on a monthly basis starting later in 2019 and will begin customer demos in 2020 with full twenty-four-hour global coverage beginning in 2021.
“OneWeb has a bold vision to enable connectivity for everyone, everywhere. We have made tremendous progress in building our infrastructure on the ground and the delivery of our first satellites brings us one step closer to our first launch and beginning to now build our system in space. One of many launches in 2019, we are excited to begin building our constellation and to see our services connecting people everywhere – by land, air, sea” said OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel.
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 billions of people around the world.