One step away from global coverage: OneWeb is close to creating a satellite Internet
OneWeb company has only one group of satellites to launch to finish the process of orbital deployment of grouping from first-generation devices.
OneWeb, the operator of the network of the low orbit (LEO) satellites has confirmed the successful deployment of 40 more satellites, which have replenished its group. Information about the next launch, scheduled for the end of this month, has also been confirmed. If successful, OneWeb will complete the creation of a global constellation of first-generation satellites.
As of now, the latest launch was carried out by SpaceX from a launch site in Florida on March 9. The OneWeb satellites successfully separated from the launch vehicle and divided into three groups, each of which took 40 minutes to deploy. After that, the reception of the signal from all 40 satellites was confirmed.
This launch has become the seventeenth for the OneWeb company and is the penultimate mission in the program of the formation of the first generation (Gen 1) satellite group in low Earth orbit. Its goal is to provide global coverage as early as 2023. Currently, the company has 582 satellites in orbit.