In Business Model, Internet Access, Spectrum

OneWeb, the new constellation of low earth orbit satellites for Internet access, has taken another step towards launch.

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected to supply OneWeb with 900 150-kilogram satellites, with the first deliveries in time for 2018 launch of the new fleet of satellites to support Internet access. .

The company said the first 10 satellites would be built at Airbus’s Toulouse, France, facility, with the rest of the constellation built at a factory in the United States.

Presumably, the 900 satellites represents a full orbiting constellation of 700 satellites in low earth orbit and 200 spares.

OneWeb was reportedly looking for a satellite cost per unit of less than half a million dollars.

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