Bharti-backed OneWeb has launched 36 new satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia, for its low-earth orbit (LEO) constellation.
With this launch, OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation stands at 146 satellites and will form a part of the 648 satellite fleet.
This will enable delivery of high-speed satellite broadband globally.
This is OneWeb’s second launch in a five-launch program that will enable it to deliver connectivity solutions to all regions north of 50 degrees latitude. The company aims to do so by the middle of 2021, with service ready to start by the end of 2021.
These services will cover the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic Seas, and Canada, and will be made available before the end of 2021.