OneWeb capped a successful 2021 with the launch of a further 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 27 December.
This latest launch, the company’s twelfth overall and ninth since December 2020, brings OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation to 394 satellites. This represents more than 60% of OneWeb’s planned 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.
The company plans to launch global service by the end of 2022.
Sunil Bharti Mittal, OneWeb Executive Chairman, said: “OneWeb now has over 60 per cent of its global satellite fleet in space. It is an extraordinary achievement for a company that was reborn just a year ago. OneWeb’s shareholders, management, staff and distribution partners all share a common goal – connecting communities everywhere. Together we are delivering on our promise to achieve digital transformation on a global scale, through our robust, secure and resilient satellite broadband network.”