OneWeb to resume satellite launches via agreement with SpaceX

OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, announced that the company and SpaceX had an agreement that will enable OneWeb to resume satellite launches.

This agreement will enable OneWeb to resume its launch programme and finish the satellite constellation for industry-grade secure connectivity around the world.

The first launch with SpaceX is expected in 2022 and will add to OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation that currently stands at 428 satellites, or 66 percent of the fleet. OneWeb’s network will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

CEO of OneWeb Neil Masterson said: “We thank SpaceX for their support, which reflects our shared vision for the boundless potential of space. With these launch plans in place, we’re on track to finish building out our full fleet of satellites and deliver robust, fast, secure connectivity around the globe.”

Demand for OneWeb’s broadband connectivity services has continued to rise across telecommunications providers, aviation and maritime markets, and governments worldwide. OneWeb has activated service with its network at the 50th parallel and above, and early partners are initiating service.

The Terms of the agreement with SpaceX are confidential.