In order to complete the formation of its entire constellation of 648 satellites in orbit, the British company OneWeb aims to do so in 2023.
On Thursday, OneWeb’s director of market access, Ivan Zaitsev, made this announcement.
While OneWeb will launch every satellite by the end of 2023, SpaceX will take a very long time to complete the construction of its Starlink orbital constellation.
“We conducted another launch on October 23 with 36 satellites, and we intend to conduct one launch from the U.S. before the year is out, using the Falcon 9 rocket.
As a result, only three launches will take place in 2019 and together they will make up the entire OneWeb satellite segment, he said at the Turkmentel-2022 conference.
Zaitsev stated that the OneWeb constellation will consist of 648 satellites, of which 462 have already been put into operation, making up more than 70% of the constellation.
High-speed Internet is made available to customers by OneWeb’s low-orbit spacecraft.
Early in March, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos at the time, issued an order to halt plans for the launch of OneWeb satellites from Baikonur because the partners had refused to provide legal guarantees of the vehicles’ non-use for military purposes and the British government’s withdrawal from the shareholders.
The state corporation’s CEO gave the order to halt planning for the satellites’ launches from the Baikonur, Vostochny, and Kuru cosmodromes for the same reason.
The British government will not sell its stake in OneWeb, according to the country’s minister for business, energy, and industrial strategy Kwasi Kwarteng, and the company’s board of directors voted to halt all of its scheduled satellite launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
OneWeb and the U. signed a contract at the end of March.
Later working with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and SpaceX