OneWeb Advances its ‘Five to 50’ Ambition with Launch No. 6

Soyuz-2 rocket launches from Vostochny with 36 OneWeb satellites. (Credit: Roscosmos, Space Center Vostochny, TsENKI)
  • On schedule to cover down to 50 degrees latitude and over the Northern Polar region, with service ready to start by end of year
  • Launch will bring total satellites launched to date in 2021 to 108 as monthly momentum builds
  • Multiple commercial partnerships include The AST Group, and Government of Kazakhstan among others, with more soon to be announced demonstrate growing attractiveness to global customers

LONDON, UK, 22 April 2021 (OneWeb PR) — OneWeb, the global satellite communications company, confirms plans to launch a further 36 satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on 26th April as part of its sixth launch. The launch will be conducted by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

Lift-off will take place on 25th April at 23:14 BST, 26th April at 7:14 Local Time, Vostochny. The mission to insert the satellites into initial orbit, prior to raising to operational orbit, is expected to last approximately four hours.

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 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 United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic Seas and Canada. Service will be ready to start by the end of year, with global service available in 2022.

OneWeb also continues to grow rapidly as it sees increasing demand across its customer base. 

The company has recently announced distribution signings across multiple industries with The AST Group, PDI, among others, and more signings to be announced in the coming weeks as OneWeb expands its global capabilities. OneWeb also agreed its latest MoU with the Government of Kazakhstan this month as it continues to demonstrate the company’s commercial viability and the confidence customers have in its services and offering.

In March 2021, OneWeb conducted its first network demonstrations to the U.S. Government and will be rolling out additional demonstration kits and Service Demo-centres in locations such as: Westcott 5G Centre, U.K., Talkeetna, Alaska, in the Washington D.C. area and more.

###

To follow the launch live online, please tune in at 23:00 BST / 6:00pm EST and visit www.oneweb.net or the OneWeb YouTube channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/OneWebofficial/or OneWeb Facebook channel at https://www.facebook.com/onewebofficial

Livestream program in English starting around T-15 minutes.

Launch Partner
Arianespace and Glavkosmos

Launch Facility
Soyuz Launch Complex, Vostochny Cosmodrome

About OneWeb

OneWeb is a global communications network powered from space, headquartered in London, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service connected to the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere. Find out more at http://www.oneweb.world