OneWeb has opened a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park, which is run and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and was funded by Buckinghamshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund.

OneWeb opens sales and demo experience

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OneWeb has opened a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park, which is run and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and was funded by Buckinghamshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund.

OneWeb has opened a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park, which is run and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and was funded by Buckinghamshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund.

Situated in Buckinghamshire, UK, OneWeb’s facility welcomes customers to demonstrate the performance and potential applications of their satellite network in real-time.

The Service Demo showcases equipment and high-speed connectivity, and visitors are able to see the OneWeb network in action including download and upload speeds and latency. Sales support staff are on hand to discuss the technology, potential partnerships, testing requirements and further collaboration opportunities.

Focused on attracting partnerships with commercial communications or internet solution providers, the Service Demo experience will play a vital role in launching OneWeb’s unique service for UK businesses. The centre will develop a long-term commercial proposition for its technology in collaboration with the UK’s innovative satellite communications sector.

Michele Franci, Chief of Delivery at OneWeb, commented: “The launch of the Service Demo at the Westcott Innovation Centre is a significant moment for OneWeb, as we expand our UK presence and lead the way as a global gateway for space innovation. As we continue to develop and deliver a unique LEO network product for the world, the Service Demo will create engagement and partnerships using satellite technology, for the benefit of future generations.  The opening of this facility brings OneWeb closer to delivering on its mission to provide connectivity for people, businesses and governments, while potentially unlocking new research, development and manufacturing opportunities in the UK.”

Eutelsat becomes key investor in OneWeb

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OneWeb has secured US$550 million in funding from Eutelsat Communications bringing OneWeb’s total funding to $1.9 billion in fresh equity.

Eutelsat will receive a c.24% equity stake in OneWeb and similar governance rights to the UK Government and Bharti Global, making it a significant equity partner and joining leading investors including the U.K. Government, Bharti Global and SoftBank. The investment is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021, subject to regulatory approvals.

After OneWeb completes the full deployment of its planned 648 LEO satellite constellation, the company anticipates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in year three or soon thereafter, thanks to its partnership driven, wholesale business plan.

Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb, said: “We are delighted with the investment from Eutelsat, which validates our strategy, technology and commercial approach. We now have 80% of the necessary financing for the Gen 1 fleet, of which nearly 30% is already in space. Eutelsat’s global distribution network advances the market entry opportunities for OneWeb and we look forward to working together to capitalise on the growth opportunity and accelerate the pace of execution.”

Commenting on the agreement, Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are excited to become a shareholder and partner in OneWeb in the run up to its commercial launch later in the year and to participate in the substantial opportunity represented by the LEO segment within our industry. We are confident in OneWeb’s right-to-win thanks to its earliness to market, priority spectrum rights and evolving, scalable technology.”

OneWeb Launch #6

OneWeb confirms successful Launch #6

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OneWeb Launch #6

OneWeb has successfully launched all 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, bringing its total in-orbit constellation to 182 satellites.

These will form part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity, including commercial in-flight applications and represents 60% of the constellation required to enable its connectivity solution to reach all regions north of 50 degrees latitude by June 2021.

Services across the UK, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas and Canada, and will be switched on before the end of the year, before deploying a global service available in 2022.

Neil Masterson, OneWeb CEO commented: “These are exciting times at OneWeb as we get ever closer to bringing our connectivity services to some of the world’s hardest to reach places. With this third successful launch in our ‘5 to 50’ programme, we are rapidly building momentum: we are launching more satellites, demonstrating the network and announcing more distribution signings around the globe. We have a world class team and product, and alongside our supportive shareholders, OneWeb continues to work towards bringing connectivity to everyone, everywhere.”

Ben Griffin, OneWeb VP Mobility commented: “This is a great milestone for OneWeb as we advance to realise our long-held ambitions for OneWeb Aviation. Airline start-ups and established carriers who currently don’t have IFE are exploring options as they build after the pandemic. The interest we are garnering is remarkable.”

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OneWeb set for launch #6

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OneWeb spacecraft launch preparation

OneWeb has confirmed plans to launch a further 36 satellites into Low Earth Orbit on 26 April as part of its sixth launch. The launch will be conducted by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

The planned launch will bring OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation to 182 satellites and is the third launch in OneWeb’s ‘Five to 50’ programme, to deliver its connectivity solution to reach regions north of 50 degrees latitude by June 2021.

OneWeb’s ‘Five to 50’ programme aims to connect broadband data users in the northern hemisphere, with services covering the UK, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas and Canada. Service will be ready to start by the end of year, with global service available in 2022.

OneWeb is preparing for the launch and deployment of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb set for latest launch from Vostochny Cosmodrome

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OneWeb is preparing for the launch and deployment of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb is preparing for the launch and deployment of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

This will be the second of five launches that will enable OneWeb to deliver connectivity services north of 50 degrees latitude by the end of the 2021. These initial regional services will begin in UK, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas, and Canada with global service becoming available in 2022.

OneWeb’s fifth launch will bring the total in-orbit constellation to 146 satellites, part of the company’s 648 LEO fleet designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

OneWeb recently announced a contract with Satixfy for an in-flight terminal to deliver aviation grade Wi-Fi.

OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture with Airbus, is manufacturing the satellites and has returned to full production. In addition, OneWeb has already secured global ITU priority spectrum rights.

OneWeb and Satifxt are partnering to develop a n new IFC terminal

OneWeb and SatixFy to develop in-flight connectivity terminal

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OneWeb has signalled its commitment to aviation with news it will develop a new in-flight connectivity terminal.

Partnering with SatixFy UK, the terminal will work over the OneWeb network as well as on Geostationary (GEO) satellite networks. The product is based on SatixFy’s Electronically Steered Multibeam Antenna (ESMA) technology, developed together with JetTalk, a joint venture with Singapore Technology Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering).

SatixFy, has recently completed the development of Tx tile of 576 elements and Rx tile of 1024 elements, that can be used as building blocks for the planned terminal. The tiles, which have been co-developed together with JetTalk, have completed initial testing and are currently being implemented inside a terminal product. The OneWeb IFC terminal will integrate the OneWeb modem as well as a GEO network one, inside the terminal.

Ben Griffin, VP Mobility at OneWeb, said: “OneWeb is creating IFC solutions which offer a significant increase in the whole passenger travelling experience. This agreement with SatixFy represents a major milestone for OneWeb Aviation, as we plot our path to facilitating onboard connectivity, globally, on commercial airliners and corporate jets, large and small.”

“The ability to deploy multibeam, multi-satellite, multi-orbit IFC terminals is key in SatixFy’s offering developed in partnership with ST Engineering through our Joint Venture – JetTalk.” said Yoel Gat, SatixFy’s CEO. “Aggregating capacity from multiple satellites will give customers the grade of service they expect on flights. This great leap forward is made possible thanks to the continuous support by ESA and UK Space Agency.”

Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at the UK Space Agency, added: “The new aviation terminal will make use of the Prime, Beat and Sx3099 ASIC chips developed with UK Space Agency backing, showing how supporting our most innovative companies leads to results that make a real difference for people all over the world.”

OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began flight from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb rebirth continues with latest investment injection

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OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began flight from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb has secured additional funding from SoftBank Group Corp. and Hughes Network Systems.

According to OneWeb its total capital raised to date, approximately US$1.4 billion, positions it “to be fully funded for its first-generation satellite fleet, totalling 648 satellites, by the end of 2022.”

In December 2020, OneWeb launched 36 new satellites, built at its Airbus Joint Venture assembly plant in Florida, US, bringing the total fleet to 110 satellites, all fully-functioning and benefitting from International Telecommunication Union spectrum priority.

Masayoshi Son, Representative Director, Corporate Officer, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank, said, “We are excited to support OneWeb as it increases capacity and accelerates towards commercialisation. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Bharti, the UK Government and Hughes to help OneWeb deliver on its mission to transform internet access around the world.”

Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb, added: “OneWeb’s mission is to connect everyone, everywhere. We have made rapid progress to re-start the business since emerging from Chapter 11 in November. We welcome the investments by SoftBank and Hughes as further proof of progress towards delivering our goal.”

In connection with the investment, SoftBank will gain a seat on the OneWeb Board of Directors. The company previously led an investment round in March 2019, when $1.25 billion of new capital was raised. Hughes is an investor through its parent company EchoStar, and also an ecosystem partner, developing essential ground network technology for the OneWeb system.

This new investment follows the announcement that OneWeb was drastically reducing its constellation size from the 48,000 proposed last year, to just 7,000.

OneWeb has reduced its request for US market access from 47,884 to 6,372 satellites (exclusive of those already licensed).

OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began flight from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb launch increases in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites

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OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began flight from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began flight from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. This brings the total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites, part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

Less than a month since its acquisition by the UK Government and Bharti Global, OneWeb is quickly returning to full operations putting the company on track to offer global services to customers starting with the UK, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Artic Seas, and Canada in 2021 with global service following in 2022.

Neil Masterson, OneWeb CEO commented: “It’s inspiring to be part of a fast-returning organisation refocused on our mission of bringing connectivity to everyone, everywhere. Each launch moves us closer to our goal of building this much needed global, secure, trusted, enterprise-grade broadband network, powered from space. We look forward to offering our commercial services to global users.”

Oneweb LEO satellite

OneWeb sale receives court approval

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Oneweb LEO satellite

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed OneWeb’s Chapter 11 plan of reorganisation (the “Plan”), ensuring that the company remains on target to resume full business operations imminently.

The Plan details a strong operational foundation for the company to deploy the initial 650 LEO satellite constellation under the new ownership of the UK Government and Bharti Global Limited (“Bharti”).  The transactions outlined in the Plan will be implemented following receipt of customary regulatory approvals, which are expected by the end of 2020. In the meantime, OneWeb is resuming operations and readying its commercial services which are planned to start next year.

Adrian Steckel, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb, stated, “As we await the final mechanical components of the transaction, we set our eyes back to the skies with the resumption of launches later this year and commencing commercial services within a year. We are working closely with HMG and Bharti and are pleased with their commitment and partnership as we remain ever-focused on our mission to bring connectivity to communities and people around the world.”

OneWeb launch with Arianespace

OneWeb prepares for launch restart

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OneWeb launch with Arianespace

OneWeb is to restart its launch programme with Arianespace.

The amended agreement with Arianespace sees launches resume in December 2020, increasing OneWeb’s in-orbit fleet to 110 satellites. A further 16 launches will place another 34–36 satellites per launch to complete the deployment of its full global constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites by the end of 2022.

Commercial services are planned to be introduced by the end of 2021. Initial regions will include: The UK, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic seas and Canada.

The amended agreement remains subject to confirmation and consummation of OneWeb’s restructuring plan, as it plans to emerge from Chapter 11 protection, with HM Government and Bharti Global as the prevailing bidders in OneWeb’s bankruptcy sale process.

OneWeb anticipates the closing of the planned sale of the company in Q4 2020, subject to confirmation and consummation of OneWeb’s restructuring plan, court approval and regulatory consents.