OneWeb confirms successful launch of latest batch of LEO satellites

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Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of 34 satellites by Arianespace from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The latest development further builds momentum for its business, OneWeb says, as it prepares to introduce commercial operations and focus on scaling to global service.

This latest launch brings OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation to 288 satellites. These will form part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

Lift-off occurred on 21 August at 11:13 BST. OneWeb’s satellites separated from the rocket and were dispensed in nine batches over a period of 3 hours 45 minutes with signal acquisition on all 34 satellites confirmed.

OneWeb remains on track to deliver global service in 2022 and says it is seeing growing demand from telecommunications providers, ISPs, and governments worldwide to offer its low-latency, high-speed connectivity services to the hardest to reach places. Since the start of 2021, OneWeb has announced distribution partnerships across several industries and businesses including most recently with Northwestel in Canada and BT in the UK.

The business recently announced $300 million in further funding from Hanwha, meaning OneWeb is now fully funded to deliver its constellation and take its satellites into commercial service.