OneWeb Streamlines Constellation

OneWeb reduces constellation plans from 47,884 to 6,372 satellites
  • Fundamental constellation architecture remains the same
  • Responsible use of space continues as a top priority for company

London, 13 January 2021 –OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company has streamlined its constellation and has reduced its request for US market access from 47,884 to 6,372 satellites. Together with the satellites for which it is already licensed by the FCC, the total constellation size will be roughly 7,000, down from the 48,000 or so proposed last year.

This solidification of OneWeb’s constellation demonstrates the commitment and vision of OneWeb’s new owners, the UK Government and Bharti Global who are dedicated to deploying a cost effective, responsible, and groundbreaking satellite network to deliver global broadband.

OneWeb remains focused on launching its first-generation system of 648 satellites and is on track to start regional commercial services within a year. Today’s streamlining activities highlight OneWeb’s plan for global connectivity services and for future generations and possibilities for the network.