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OneWeb has 218 craft in orbit

The May 29th launch of an additional 36 satellites into their orbital slots means that OneWeb is close to 80 per cent of its needs to launch initial services. The launch took the OneWeb fleet to 218 satellites. OneWeb’s near-term target is to reach those nations and regions north of 50 degrees Latitude well before […]

June 4, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb adds 36 to LEO fleet

A Russian Soyuz 2.1b rocket safely delivered 36 OneWeb broadband satellites into orbit on Friday evening, May 28th. The launch was managed by Arianespace. “The launch went according to plan,” Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Roscosmos space agency, said on messaging app Telegram. They were orbited from Russia’s Vostochny launch site. While the launch […]

June 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

EU plans for LEO constellation

The European Union wants its own Low Earth orbiting mega-constellation of satellites for its citizens, and separate from the offerings from Elon Musk, OneWeb or Canada’s Lightspeed. The EU invited a consortium of industry suppliers to come up with a fast-track LEO scheme and Dominic Hayes, spectrum manager for the EU’s space programme at the […]

May 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb to take fleet to 218 craft in orbit

Arianespace is due to use a Soyuz rocket on May 27th from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome to launch an additional 36 OnWeb Low Earth orbit satellites into its existing constellation. The launch will take OneWeb’s fleet to 218 craft. The satellites will go into a near-Polar orbit at an altitude of 450 kms and the Arianespace […]

May 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

ESA awards $182m contracts to Arianespace

The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking ahead and beyond the ‘next generation’ Ariane 6 family of rockets and has awarded contracts worth in total $182 million to prime contractor ArianeGroup in order for new cryogenic engines to be developed. While ArianeGroup will coordinate activity there is also business for OHB-backed MT Aerospace as well […]

May 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

Success for OneWeb launch

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket successfully placed 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit, and OneWeb says that contact has been made with each satellite and that they are healthy. The launch took place from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome on April 25th at 23.14 BST. It took almost four hours to dispense the satellites in nine batches. The success […]

April 26, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb readies sixth launch

OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) global satellite communications company, has confirmed plans to launch a further 36 satellites into LEO on April 26th as part of its sixth launch. The launch will be conducted by Arianespace and the mission to insert the satellites into initial orbit – prior to raising to operational orbit – […]

April 22, 2021

Vibrations cause Arianespace delays

Recent launches of the giant Ariane 5 rocket have suffered excess vibration, causing severe delays to the rocket’s launch manifest. The problem with fairing vibrations has also affected launches made by the US’s United Launch Alliance and its Atlas 5 rockets. The vibrations occur prior to the separation of the rocket’s crucial fairings prior to […]

March 23, 2021By Chris Forrester

OneWeb readies next 36 satellites

An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will orbit 36 OneWeb low earth orbiting satellites this week. Launch date is scheduled for March 25th subject to the usual weather and technical constraints. Arianespace will use Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome in the far East of the country for this, its fifth launch flight for OneWeb. The satellites will be placed […]

March 22, 2021By Chris Forrester

Airbus: “Most challenging crisis”

While much of the Airbus Group results released this week are focused on its aircraft business, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury told analysts that the past year represented the most challenging crisis to hit the aerospace industry. However, the satellite and rocket business figured in its end-of-year numbers (to December 31st 2020). The pressures from across […]

February 19, 2021By Chris Forrester