Broadband internet for everyone everywhere – OneWeb Satellites mission launch

February 27th, 2019, Arianespace flight V21 has successfully launched the first six Airbus OneWeb satellites for the global broadband mega constellation. Perfectly on time the medium-lift Soyuz started from Guiana Space Center in Kourou French Guiana at 10.37 p.m. (UTC + 1 h).
1 h and 23 minutes after liftoff the six satellites were successfully separated to the Low Earth Orbit at approximately 1,000 km – close to their operational orbit.

OneWeb mission Phase 1

The deployment of Phase 1 includes 21 launches with the medium-lift Soyuz through 2020. The launches of the initial constellation of 650 satellites will be affected from three spaceports: Kourou in French Guiana, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and Vostochny in Russia.

OneWeb mission goal

This mega constellation is planned to grow up to over 900 Airbus OneWeb satellites to meet demand around the globe.
AOS will start customer demos in 2020 with the final goal of 24h global coverage in 2021.

SpaceTech’s part in the OneWeb mission

STI was selected to develop and deliver the 1800 mechanisms for successful deployment of the satellite’s solar panels.

 

1800 SpaceTech deployment mechanisms for OneWeb satellites

SpaceTech is proud to announce that we were selected by AOS (Airbus OneWeb Satellites) to deliver 1800 deployment mechanisms for the solar panels of 900 Airbus OneWeb satellites.

OneWeb mission goal

The AOS mission is aiming for a mega constellation of satellites to allow for global broadband internet: Affordable access to information for everyone everywhere - throughout all areas, even in the very rural ones that barely have access to internet nowadays.

The first 6 pilot satellites have already been built at Airbus in France - following production will be in the USA. Due to SpaceTech’s flexibility, we were able provide AOS with a QM development of the flight hardware of the carbofibre deployment mechanisms for the solar panels of 10 pilot satellites within only 3 months. They have already been delivered. Thus, SpaceTech proves once again its suitability for the New Space Market, being an experienced, flexible and highly cost-efficient space SME and reliable partner.

OneWeb launch

The first six pilot satellites have been launched successfully this February.
The launch start of the mega constellation is planned for beginning of 2020.

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OneWeb satellite separation

OneWeb successful satellite separation

Watch the successful separation of OneWeb satellites:

OneWeb launch satellite separation STI deployment mechanisms

OneWeb launch countdown STI deployment mechanisms

OneWeb launch

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OneWeb launch countdown STI deployment mechanisms