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O3b Networks Limited – the developer of a global, high-speed, low-latency satellite-based network for telecommunications operators, ISPs, enterprises and governments – has signed a contract with Arianespace for a fourth Soyuz launch to support the expansion of the O3b Networks’ satellite constellation.
The launch will take place from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in early 2018 and will put four O3b spacecraft in an equatorial medium earth orbit. The contract also includes a firm option for a fifth Soyuz launch to be performed in 2018 or later.
The first 12 O3b satellites were successfully orbited by three Soyuz launch vehicles operating from the Guiana Space Center in 2013 and 2014. Each satellite weighs about 700 kg at launch and provides more than 10 Gbps of capacity. Arianespace will now launch from the CSG a fourth tranche of four satellites for O3b in early 2018.