OneWeb satellite (Credit: OneWeb)
HARWELL, UK (Satellite Applications Catapult PR) — According to press reports, the UK government is a partner in a bid for OneWeb, the UK- headquartered satellite communications company which, following the well-publicised financial difficulties of a major investor, entered Chapter 11 in March. If these reports are true, and the bid is successful, then it is great news for the UK space sector and UK citizens.
OneWeb is a pioneer of a new generation of satellite communications services, built around a “mega constellation” of hundreds of satellites operating in low-earth orbit. These satellites will provide fibre-like quality of service and have a global reach and capacity that has never before been possible, via satellite or otherwise.
The company has already launched 74 operational satellites, enough to secure its ITU filings through to 2026 (the only company for whom that is true), all of which are still performing well. It is tremendously significant that the UK intends to take a leading role in this transformational technology.
The Satellite Applications Catapult was created in 2013 to ensure the UK could take full economic and strategic benefit of the new industries and services being established around satellite technologies. ...