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OneWeb enters launch agreement with SpaceX

The OneWeb missions with SpaceX will presumably launch on Falcon 9 rockets, but OneWeb did not specify the launch vehicle configuration.

OneWeb has entered into an agreement with SpaceX that will allow OneWeb to resume launching its LEO broadband constellation this year.

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

Commenting on the deal, Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb, 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 grow 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.

Terms of the agreement with SpaceX are confidential.