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OneWeb adding 34 satellites

An Arianespace Soyuz-2.1b rocket is due to launch 34 additional OneWeb satellites today (September 14th). Arianespace is working with Starsem on the launch (Flight ST35) which will happen from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch represents a major achievement for Arianespace in that it will mark 1000 satellites launched by the company since its […]

September 14, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb adds 34 to broadband fleet

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket successfully launched 34 OneWeb satellites into space on August 21st, bringing the broadband fleet up to 288 satellites in space. The satellites were deployed some 3 hours and 45 minutes into the flight, and placed into near-polar orbits at 450 kms altitude. Over the next few weeks they will be manoevered […]

August 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb’s next launch confirmed

Russia’s Roscosmos says that the next launch of OneWeb satellites, initially set for August 5th, will now take place on August 20th or 21st. A Soyuz 2.1b rocket, managed by Arianespace, will carry 36 OneWeb broadband satellites into orbit. The launch will happen from Baikonur, in Kazakhstan. Russia has launch contracts in place with OneWeb […]

August 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

Success for Eutelsat’s Quantum launch

Eutelsat’s Quantum, which claims to be ehe world’s most sophisticated commercial satellite, was successfully launched into orbit on July 30th aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The new features allow the satellite to be reconfigured from the ground and thus respond to changes in market demand over the lifetime of the craft. Quantum’s design life is […]

August 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

Eutelsat’s Quantum countdown starts

Arianespace is finalising the pre-launch checks on Eutelsat’s latest satellite, its Quantum craft, which is scheduled to launch from Kourou in French Guiana on July 30th. Eutelsat’s Quantum is one of a pair of satellites being prepared for launch on the same Ariane-5 rocket. The other is Star OneD2 for Embratel of Brazil. Arianespace has […]

July 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

EU gets tough on rocket plans

Currently the EU, mostly via the European Space Agency (ESA) and other national space bodies, has totally supported the development of Arianespace’s ‘next generation’ Ariane 6 rocket. However, the development of Ariane 6 (A-6) has been delayed and not helped by Covid restrictions. The original concept was also that A-6 would be significantly cheaper to […]

July 7, 2021

OneWeb announces Innovation Challenge 2021 finalists

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, today announced the finalists in its open Innovation Challenge 2021 to create new innovations, products, and solutions for small satellite technology. More than 300 Innovators from 19 countries took part in the challenge, in association with the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, […]

July 7, 2021

OneWeb adds another 36 to fleet

A successful launch by an Arianespace Soyuz rocket placed 36 OneWeb broadband-by-satellite craft into orbit on July 1st. The launch, OneWeb Flight 8, from the Russian Far East cosmodrome at Vostochny was a complete success. Launch was at 12.48 UTC. The launch means that initial OneWeb connectivity to the planet’s norther latitudes can commence shortly […]

July 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb heads for North Pole

On July 1st a Soyuz rocket is set to launch an additional 36 OneWeb broadband satellites into orbit. The launch will take place from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, and handled by Arianespace and its local partner Starsem. Timings on launch day are: 13:48 BST / 8:48 AM ET / 4:48 AM Alaska […]

June 24, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb batch arrives in Russia

OneWeb’s next batch of low Earth orbiting satellites have arrived at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East. They will now be prepared for launch by Arianespace’s team on site who work with Starsem for integration onto a Soyuz 2.1b rocket. The likely date for launch, subject to the usual weather and technical checks, is […]

June 14, 2021By Chris Forrester