With its current family of launchers (Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega) and the future family (Ariane 6 and Vega C), Arianespace is perflecly positioned for the growth market of satellite constellations including for navigation, telecommunications or Earth observation.
A rocket carrying six satellites took off from French Guiana on Wednesday. Using this next-generation, highly advanced satellites arranged in the night sky in the form of artificial constellations, OneWeb will attempt to provide seamless connectivity of the internet throughout the world and set up incredible communication globally. The satellites are test units, which OneWeb will evaluate over the next half-year to make sure they work properly.
This launch marks both the beginning of the largest satellite launch campaign in history and the transition from successful proof-of-concept to the commercialization of OneWeb.
By operating this maiden flight, the first of 21 launches contracted by OneWeb in 2015, Arianespace contributes to the fulfilment of its customer's ultimate ambition: providing Internet access to everyone, everywhere. Companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX, LeoSat Enterprises, and Canada's Telesat are working to enable data networks with hundreds or even thousands of tiny satellites that orbit closer to Earth than traditional communications satellites, a radical shift made possible by leaps in laser technology and computer chips. The Ku band will then be used to communicate with user terminals and to allow the satellites to communicate with one another. But now the first version is slated for global coverage in 2021-if OneWeb keeps to its latest public timeline.
OneWeb's mission is to deliver global communications through a next-generation satellite constellation that brings seamless connectivity to everyone, everywhere. OneWeb has established communication with its satellites, put into orbit by Russia's Soyuz-ST-B carrier rocket launched from the Kourou space center in French Guiana, the company said in a Twitter message on Thursday. OneWeb's business model allows OneWeb to provide service indirectly through reseller partners, or directly to the end customer, in the case of airlines or vessel operators, for example.
Groupe Secondaire St Pierre Nkombo will be the first school to benefit from the broadband satellite. We designed our system to create a coverage footprint over the entire planet - including previously unconnected rural areas, seas, and airspaces.