OneWeb is about to resume their constellation satellite-add launches. The 53rd Soyuz mission conducted by Arianespace and their Starsem affiliate will be operated from Vostochny Cosmodrome and represents OneWeb’s fourth launch overall and the third one for this year.
This mission will deliver 36 satellites into orbit, bringing the total fleet to 110 satellites in LEO. By operating this fourth flight on behalf of OneWeb, Arianespace participates in the fulfillment of its customer’s ultimate ambition: providing internet access for everyone, everywhere, all the time.
OneWeb’s mission is to bring internet everywhere to everyone by creating a global connectivity platform through a next generation satellite constellation in LEO. OneWeb’s constellation will deliver high-speed, low-latency connectivity services to a wide range of customer sectors that include aviation, maritime, backhaul services, and for governments, emergency response services and more.
Central to its purpose, OneWeb seeks to bring connectivity to every place where fiber cannot reach, and thereby bridge the digital divide.
Once deployed, the OneWeb constellation will enable user terminals that are capable of offering 3G, LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi coverage, providing high-speed access globally – by air, sea and land.
OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space, where OneWeb Satellites is the constellation’s prime contractor. The satellites were built thanks to its leading-edge satellite manufacturing process that can build up to two satellites a day on a series production line dedicated to the assembly, integration, and testing of the satellites.
Flight ST29 will orbit the 75th to 110th OneWeb satellites to be launched by Arianespace.