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OneWeb satellite launch heralds affordable global comms from space

OneWeb has successfully launched 34 satellites as part of the development of its next generation satellite constellation which will comprise 648 satellites.

OneWeb, which has its global operations centre in White City, London, plans to provide its first customer demonstrations by the end of 2020 and full commercial global services for sectors such as maritime, aviation, government and enterprise in 2021.

Catherine Mealing-Jones, director of growth at the UK Space Agency said: “There is huge commercial potential for a cost-effective worldwide telecoms satellite system, and the UK space sector is playing a leading role in delivering it, building on our world-leading capabilities in satellite telecommunications, connectivity and data.

“Satellite telecoms are central to bringing fast responsive services to people and communities right across the UK and around the world.”

The UK Space Agency licensed the 34 satellites for launch and regulates the use of space by UK organisations and individuals through the Outer Space Act 1986. This process requires satellite operators to demonstrate they have considered any associated risks and have safeguards in place, such as the ability to manoeuvre satellites to avoid debris and other spacecraft, and to de-orbit them at the end of their lifetime.

“Responsible growth means that we recognise the importance of protecting the space environment and are the leading investor in ESA’s space safety and security programme, which includes a new mission to help remove space debris,” said Ms Mealing-Jones.

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