OneWeb boosts global connectivity capacity further with latest rocket launch



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The Soyuz rocket pinged another 34 satellites into space to help serve a number of vertical connectivity sectors and support telcos serving hard-to-reach areas.

Internet connectivity firm OneWeb has successfully launched 34 more satellites. They were released into space from a Soyuz launch vehicle that was fired from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last weekend.

OneWeb’s satellites separated from the rocket and were dispensed in nine batches with signal acquisition now completed.

This is the second launch of 34 satellite in six weeks, made possible by the production pace of OneWeb Satellites’ high-volume factory in Florida. The latest launch brings the total number of satellites in the constellation to 74.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb, that was formed in 2016 to design and manufacture the satellites for the OneWeb constellation.

The company has installed ground stations globally and secured spectrum to distribute its data services and connectivity to the aviation and maritime markets and to carriers who provide connections in rural and remote areas.

The company says the current global health and economic crisis underscores the need and demand for connectivity, especially for rural and under-connected communities worldwide. “From remote working, to online learning, to accessing healthcare information and medical advice, there is an overwhelming need to have more solutions available to connect people everywhere,” it says.

Adrian Steckel, CEO of OneWeb, said: “In these unprecedented times following the global outbreak of Covid-19, the crisis has demonstrated the imperative need for connectivity and has exposed urgent shortcomings in many organisations’ connectivity capabilities.

“Our satellite network is poised to fill in many of these critical gaps in the global communications infrastructure.”