OneWeb successfully deployed 40 satellites on 9 January. The company says the launch is its 16th to-date, with only two more launches remaining to complete its first-generation constellation enabling global connectivity in 2023.
The satellites, which were launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, separated successfully from the rocket and were dispensed in three phases over a period of 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Signal acquisition on all 40 satellites was confirmed. OneWeb has more than 80% of its first-generation constellation launched, with 542 satellites now in orbit.
OneWeb is now kicking off its ‘Countdown to Global Connectivity’ campaign that marks the final launches remaining to complete its first-generation LEO satellite constellation that will offer high-speed, low latency connectivity solutions.
Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb, commented: “Yesterday’s launch is a thrilling way to start 2023 and at OneWeb, this launch brings us even closer to completing our constellation and launching connectivity services around the world. OneWeb believes that connection everywhere changes everything and each of these launches provides us with more capacity to help our partners connect communities, businesses, and governments around the world.
“I want to thank SpaceX for their continued support, which has now brought about two successful launches. Every launch is a team effort, and we are grateful to everyone who makes these incredible moments possible.”