OneWeb, a global communications company, has confirmed the launch of 34 additional satellites aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
OneWeb’s satellites separated from the rocket and were dispensed in nine batches, with signal acquisition anticipated in the coming hours.
This is the second of its 34-satellite launches in six weeks, an achievement made possible by the pace and execution of OneWeb Satellites’ high-volume production factory in Florida.
This launch brings the total number of satellites in the constellation to 74.
This third successful launch is another proof point of the rapid progress OneWeb has made over the past year.
Adrian Steckel, OneWeb chief executive, welcomed the achievement, saying, "We are very proud of the progress we have made so far in 2020 and I would like to show the utmost gratitude for the time, effort and expertise of the OneWeb company, our partners and our people as we come together and support one another."
The company has now successfully deployed and tested satellites, installed ground stations globally, secured valuable spectrum and has a range of user terminals in development to meet customer needs.
In the execution phase of its system deployment, OneWeb looks forward to bringing its services to markets including aviation and maritime, and working with carriers to provide services in rural and remote areas.
"In these unprecedented times following the global outbreak of COVID-19, people around the world find themselves trying to continue their lives and work online. We see the need for OneWeb greater now more than ever before," Steckel added.
The current global health and economic crisis underscores the tremendous need and demand for connectivity, especially for rural and under-connected communities worldwide.
"High-quality connectivity is the lifeline to enabling people to work, continue their education, stay up to date on important healthcare information and stay meaningfully connected to one another," Steckel explained.
"The crisis has demonstrated the imperative need for connectivity everywhere 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."
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.
OneWeb is making significant strides to deliver the connectivity that is currently lacking around the world.
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