OneWeb, the Bharti Group backed Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications’ company, on March 10 confirmed the successful deployment and contact of 40 satellites launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The latest launch brings the total OneWeb constellation to 582 satellites. With these satellites now in orbit, the company will complete the global footprint of its ‘Gen 1 constellation’ with a launch set to take place later this month with NSIL, the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation with the primary responsibility of enabling Indian industries to take up high technology space related activities. The launch enables OneWeb to continue expanding connectivity capabilities, as it grows the fleet of satellites and seeks to initiate services for more partners around the world.
OneWeb already has connectivity solutions active in key geographies across the globe and is bringing new areas online by partnering with providers, including VEON, Orange, Galaxy Broadband, Paratus, and Telespazio.
“OneWeb and its partners are relentlessly focused on the mission to bridge the digital divide and provide internet connectivity to a greater number of unconnected and underserved rural and remote communities and businesses,” a company press release said.