Satellite footprints

OneWeb Satellite constellation (LEO)

Manufacturer:Airbus Defense & Space
Launch operator:Arianespace
Launch vehicle:Soyuz
Launch date:
Expected lifetime:15 Years

Airbus Defense & Space, World’s second largest space company, and OneWeb Satellites have teamed up to design and manufacture up to 900 satellites for the OneWeb constellation, which will provide affordable high-speed Internet access across the globe. The challenge is enormous, since satellites have never been mass produced before. A requirement to produce several small satellites a day has inspired us to develop innovative designs and processes that dramatically lower the cost in large volumes for high performance space applications. We set up an assembly line that is completely different from classic geostationary satellite assembly facilities and we organised a procurement supply chain that is unlike anything the space sector has ever seen before. OneWeb calls for satellites of less than 150kg each that feature fewer electrical connections between subsystems than is typical of traditional communications satellites. With first models manufactured at OneWeb Satellites facility at the Airbus Toulouse site in France, full series production is taking place at OneWeb Satellites new factory in Florida, demonstrating once again the agility of this joint venture.

For the launch services, OneWeb contracted launch operators Arianespace, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. The launch contract for Arianespace also included three options for Ariane-62 launches. One of these was later converted to a launch contract for 30 satellites on the maiden Ariane-62 flight. Another contract with Virgin Galactic is for 39 launches on LauncherOne air launched rockets, with options for 100 more launches. This contract was reduced in 2018 to only four launches. In March 2017 OneWeb signed an agreement with Blue Origin for five launches of the New Glenn rocket. In December 2018 it was announced, that the initial constellation will be reduced by 33% to 600 satellites due to reportedly better-than-expected ground performance of the demo satellites. The first launch of six prototypes was planned for February 2019. The remaining four prototypes are being used as ground spares in case of a launch failure.

On March 3rd, 2022 OneWeb suspended all launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and launch operator Arianespace and the Starsem Russian affiliate, suspended the Soyuz launches as the companies rejected steep demands from the Russian space agency Roscosmos, following sanctions from the EU, USA and the UK issued because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Satellite launches

See below the launches of OneWeb’s batches of satellites:

Launch date Launch Provider Launch Vehicle Launch Site Mission
Feb 27, 2019 Arianespace Soyuz French Guiana OneWeb-1 (1-6)
Feb 06, 2020 Arianespace Soyuz Baikonur KZ OneWeb-2 (7-30)
Mar 21, 2020 Arianespace Soyuz Baikonur KZ OneWeb-3 (31-74)
Dec 18, 2020 Arianespace Soyuz Vostochny RUS OneWeb-4 (75-110)
Mar 26, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Vostochny RUS OneWeb-5 (111-146)
Apr 26, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Vostochny RUS OneWeb-6 (147-182)
May 29, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Vostochny RUS OneWeb-7 (183-218)
July 1, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Vostochny RUS OneWeb-8 (219-254)
Aug 22, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Baikonur KZ OneWeb-9 (255-288)
Sept 14, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Baikonur KZ OneWeb-10 (289-322)
Oct 14, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Vostochny RUS OneWeb-11 (323-358)
Dec 27, 2021 Arianespace Soyuz Baikonur KZ OneWeb-12 (359-394)
Feb 10, 2022 Arianespace Soyuz French Guiana OneWeb-13 (395-428)

OneWeb Satellite constellation (LEO)

OneWeb launches infographic
Arianespace Soyuz ST29 OneWeb satellites launch
OneWeb Dispenser for satellites
One Web Satellite manufacturing plant in Florida USA
OneWeb satellite in cleanroom at Airbus
OneWeb Satellite manufacturing in Toulouse, France
Soyuz’ Fregat upper stage and the dispenser with 36 OneWeb satellites
OneWeb satellite orbiting Earth