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OneWeb Satellites constellation

OneWeb Satellites constellation

connection for people all over the globe

  • 650 satellites to provide affordable internet worldwide
  • 146 satellites launched as of March 2021 
  • OneWeb Satellites is the joint venture owned by Airbus and OneWeb  
An infographic detailing key advantages of the OneWeb constellation of satellites, produced by Airbus.

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.

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.

An infographic showing the production process for Airbus-built OneWeb satellites.
An infographic showing an Airbus-produced OneWeb satellite, along with related facts and figures.

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 March 2021, a total of 146 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.

The first batch of Airbus-produced OneWeb satellites is lined up for transport to the launch site.

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

An engineer’s view of two Airbus-produced OneWeb satellites being prepared for transport to the launch site.

Packing of the first satellites of OneWeb satellites constellation

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