Building hundreds of satellites for large constellations (650 satellites to be produced for OneWeb) requires totally new approaches. From satellite design-to-cost, production of equipment and satellite assembly, integration and testing, this means a revolution in space design and manufacturing. Airbus is innovating in all fields to tackle this unprecedented industrial challenge in the space industry to dramatically lower the cost in large volumes for high performance space applications.

Arrow S150 is the best-in-class LEO full electric satellite platform for large range of High or Low Data Rate missions.

It is derived from the OneWeb spacecraft development and can be used for single satellites and constellations, and for missions such as communications, Earth observation/sciences, M2M/IoT, maritime and aero applications.

OneWeb Satellites constellation

 

  • 650 satellites to provide affordable internet worldwide
  • 254 satellites launched as of July 2021 
  • OneWeb Satellites is the joint venture owned by Airbus and OneWeb 

The first six OneWeb spacecraft were launched in February 2019. As of July 2021, a total of 254 satellites had been delivered to orbit over the course of five flights.

Airbus, Europe's largest space company, and OneWeb Satellites have teamed up to design and manufacture up to 650 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.

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OneWeb calls for satellites of less than 150 kg each that feature fewer electrical connections between subsystems than are 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 the U.S. state of Florida, demonstrating once again the agility of this joint venture.

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Airbus has leveraged resources and expertise across the entire group to rise to the challenges this project presents.

The first six OneWeb spacecraft were launched in February 2019. As of July 2021, a total of 254 satellites had been delivered to orbit over the course of five flights.

With this generation of satellites, OneWeb Satellites is entering a new chapter in space story.

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The first satellites aligned in the cleanroom at Airbus Toulouse site, ready for shipment

 

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Packing of the first satellites of OneWeb satellites constellation

 

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