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OneWeb has selected Airbus to build their +900 LEO comsats (<150 kg each) for global internet connectivity. 1st launch will be in 2018.

The initial 10 satellites will be built at Toulouse, France, while the remainder wil be built at a dedicated plant in the USA.

http://airbusdefenceandspace.com/newsroom/news-and-features/airbus-defence-and-space-selected-to-partner-in-production-of-oneweb-satellite-constellation/
« Last Edit: 06/15/2015 01:24 PM by Skyrocket »

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The question is how do they get them into space and how much each to launch.

F9 is a no go based on some tweets I've read.

Given the volume of launches required current and future LVs list prices for single launches a not valid.
For example buy 20 Vega and their $30m should come down to <$20m. Not only will build cost of LV drop also there will be large reduction in profit per launch eg from $10m to $5m.










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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #2 on: 06/15/2015 04:52 PM »
The question is how do they get them into space and how much each to launch.

F9 is a no go based on some tweets I've read.

Given the volume of launches required current and future LVs list prices for single launches a not valid.
For example buy 20 Vega and their $30m should come down to <$20m. Not only will build cost of LV drop also there will be large reduction in profit per launch eg from $10m to $5m.

OneWeb has earlier announced, that Virgin Galactics LauncherOne will be used for launches. As this one has a rather small payload capacity, i think Launcher One will be used to replace failed satellites.

For the initial build-up of the constellation, larger launchers, which can orbit clusters of OneWeb satellites, will certainly be used to put up satellites up in larger numbers.

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #3 on: 06/15/2015 04:57 PM »
With three solid motors plus AVUM, does Vega/AVUM have the capability to deliver a cluster of 6-8 sats?  Not sure what maneuver(s) required between dispensing the sats.
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #4 on: 06/15/2015 05:29 PM »
With three solid motors plus AVUM, does Vega/AVUM have the capability to deliver a cluster of 6-8 sats?  Not sure what maneuver(s) required between dispensing the sats.

6 would be a stretch.  Vega capability to 1200km polar is around 1100kg, including adapter.  AVUM itself can perform multiple burns, of course.

http://www.arianespace.com/launch-services-vega/Vega-Users-Manual_Issue-04_April-2014.pdf

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #5 on: 06/15/2015 06:31 PM »
 Shouldn't we have Vega-C by 2018? Do we have firm payload figures for it?
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The question is how do they get them into space and how much each to launch.

F9 is a no go based on some tweets I've read.

Given the volume of launches required current and future LVs list prices for single launches a not valid.
For example buy 20 Vega and their $30m should come down to <$20m. Not only will build cost of LV drop also there will be large reduction in profit per launch eg from $10m to $5m.
I was using Vega as example. The deployment is going to need multiple types of LVs .

This would be a perfect job for DARPA XS1, a rapid turn around, 1500-2500kg to LEO for $10M.  One of the competing partnerships is Virgin/scale deposits/ Northrop Grumman. Even if this partnership is not selected by DARPA, they may decide to build it anyway, especially if they are prime contender for 03B business given Virgin's involvement. This LV may not be ready for initial deployment but there is likely to be a 5-10yr replacement program.

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #7 on: 06/15/2015 07:50 PM »

Is there a reason not to launch 30 satellites into the same orbital plane at once?

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #8 on: 06/15/2015 08:01 PM »
Does anyone know where the US manufacturing facility will be located?
Earlier WorldVu/OneWeb had hinted about discussions with Florida and Colorado and a joint venture with whomever won the spacecraft constellation- but this isn't really discussed thus far in any of the press releases...


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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #9 on: 06/15/2015 08:19 PM »
Does this announcement mean that the project is funded?
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Does this announcement mean that the project is funded?

At least partly funded such that the first 10 satellites can be designed and built.
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #11 on: 06/15/2015 10:47 PM »
Is there a reason not to launch 30 satellites into the same orbital plane at once?

The other constellation in this weight category, OG2, uses 4-port ESPA rings to launch, and is planning to launch 11 of them on F9 on their next launch.  This ESPA allows a stack of 4 rings, so that would give a capacity of 16 per launch, if there were that many payloads.  Both F9 and AV should have enough capability to take 16 satellites up to 1200km polar orbit.

The OneWeb graphic depicts a satellite that is approximately 1m cubed, but slightly tapered, as compared to OG2, which is flatter, at 1mx1mx50cm.  This suggests a 4-port carrier structure that is narrower than an ESPA ring, but it might just be an artist's impression.

http://airbusdefenceandspace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/oneweb_satellite.pdf

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #12 on: 06/22/2015 05:31 PM »
More insights:

http://spacenews.com/qa-with-brian-holz-director-of-oneweb-space-systems/

Looks like the satellite production facility won't be located in Silicon Valley: "No, we won’t have a production plant in Silicon Valley."

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Virgin Galactic Signs Contract with OneWeb to Perform 39 Satellite Launches

LauncherOne’s Flexible Capability to Enable Global Connectivity

 

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. - June 25, 2015 - Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments PJS, has signed a contract with OneWeb Ltd. to serve as one of its inaugural satellite launch providers.  Under the terms of the Launch Services Agreement, Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne rocket will perform 39 satellite launches for OneWeb-one of the largest commercial procurements of launches in history.  Beyond the firm contract, the agreement provides OneWeb with options for 100 additional launches.

 

OneWeb-which today announced new investment of $500M backed by world-class equity partners including Airbus Group, Bharti Enterprises, Grupo Salinas, Hughes Network Systems, (Hughes), a subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. Intelsat, Qualcomm Incorporated, The Coca-Cola Company and Virgin Group -is building a global communications system that will enable affordable broadband access around the world including in areas currently unserved or underserved by terrestrial providers.

 

Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said: "Virgin Galactic is hard at work to provide responsive launch capability to support OneWeb's historic constellation.  The scale of this order will drive our manufacturing rates to achieve unprecedented cost reductions for small satellite launch.  We are excited to support OneWeb and its partners as they harness the potential of small satellites to create new opportunities for all."

 

To achieve its goal of connecting the planet, OneWeb required a means of launching its satellites that is both affordable and flexible.  Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne will enable an unprecedented quick launch and replenishment capability for OneWeb.  LauncherOne is an affordable, flexible, and dedicated ride to orbit for small satellites, with the flight rates and performance capabilities to support OneWeb and other customers.  Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne program is being developed by a staff of 120 engineers and technicians working from a new 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California, with rocket engine testing performed at the company's facilities in Mojave, California.

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #14 on: 06/25/2015 11:36 AM »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/614031920196923392

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Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes  9m9 minutes ago
Arianespace: We'll be launching OneWeb sats on Soyuz from Baikonur as well as from Europe's spaceport. 21-launch firm order plus options.
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #15 on: 06/25/2015 11:37 AM »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/614030631144701952

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Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes  15m15 minutes ago
Hughes Network Systems: We're investing in OneWeb and will be ground system provider.
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #16 on: 06/25/2015 11:38 AM »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/614033688406425600

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Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes  4m4 minutes ago
Intelsat investing $25M in OneWeb for improved maritime/aero delivery and will let OneWeb customers use Intelsat sats at equator if needed.
« Last Edit: 06/25/2015 11:40 AM by MikeAtkinson »

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #17 on: 06/25/2015 03:36 PM »
https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/614087133574361088

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Peter B. de Selding ‏@pbdes  28m28 minutes ago
Arianespace: 1 Soyuz lifts 32 OneWeb sats. >50% of our 21 OneWeb launches 2017-2019 to be frm Baikonur. 1st 10 pilot sats frm Europe's port.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/614087133574361088

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Arianespace CEO: OneWeb 21-launch Soyuz deal is firm. We'll now order 20+ additional Soyuz rockets from Russia's Roscosmos agency by Sept.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/614087490757107713

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Arianespace CEO: We'll sign separate contract soon w/ OneWeb to design/build adaptor to carry/deploy the sats for Soyuz launches.

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #19 on: 06/25/2015 04:07 PM »
21 Soyuz rockets
http://www.federalspace.ru/21549/
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #20 on: 06/26/2015 04:50 PM »
Here’s Why Coca-Cola is Investing in OneWeb.

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PARIS — Whether Internet goes better with Coke is anyone’s guess, but Coke is going with OneWeb.

The giant soft drink maker is an equity investor in OneWeb LLC and one of the surprises of the June 25 OneWeb briefing on London.

Coca-Cola was not there to explain its decision, but OneWeb founder Greg Wyler said the company has a program called Five by 20 that seeks to promote women’s employment in areas of the world where OneWeb will have connectivity.

- See more at: http://spacenews.com/heres-why-coca-cola-is-investing-in-oneweb/#sthash.J2TdQrNh.dpuf

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #21 on: 06/26/2015 06:39 PM »

Does this mean that Pepsi will be funding the SpaceX constellation in the future?

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #22 on: 06/26/2015 07:08 PM »


Does this mean that Pepsi will be funding the SpaceX constellation in the future?

Well stranger things have happened!

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #23 on: 06/26/2015 09:57 PM »

Does this mean that Pepsi will be funding the SpaceX constellation in the future?

It's possible though something like Launcher One would be a better match for this type of mission as each satellite needs to go into a slightly different orbit.
Orbital plane changes are very delta V intensive so all sats launched as a group must go in roughly the same plane so you're not going to get as much benefit as you'd think from a larger LV.
Part of the payload would have to be reserved for fuel for plane changes or even a tug that can drop off the sats in their individual orbits.

« Last Edit: 06/26/2015 10:06 PM by Patchouli »

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #24 on: 06/28/2015 08:52 PM »
If you want to know more about OneWeb I would definitely recommend reading this article.

OneWeb’s Powerful Partners in Their Own Words,

http://spacenews.com/onewebs-partners-in-their-own-words/

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #25 on: 11/22/2015 04:45 AM »
Interesting GIF from JPL ostensibly about FireSat.
FireSat is discussing 200 satellites at 1200 km.  That sounds like ~2/7 of the OneWeb constellation.
Look at the GIF and see all the satellites converging on the pole.
Then think there are more than three times the number of satellites shown and this is happening at both poles. 
What a nightmare of collision avoidance!
Satellites are passing through orbital intersections several times per second 24/7/365.
One slip, one collision, and it goes from mind-boggling to hopeless with a debris cloud sending junk on random, undetectable trajectories through the intersection points.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #26 on: 11/22/2015 06:02 PM »
Not really. Iridium seems to do fine.
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #27 on: 11/23/2015 05:12 AM »
Interesting GIF from JPL ostensibly about FireSat.
FireSat is discussing 200 satellites at 1200 km.  That sounds like ~2/7 of the OneWeb constellation.
Look at the GIF and see all the satellites converging on the pole.
Then think there are more than three times the number of satellites shown and this is happening at both poles. 

I hate it when a real problem is misrepresented like this. What moron approved this gif? So the constellation is designed to detect wildfires at the north and south pole? A fire sat constellation would have an inclination well away from the poles.

Similar a com sat constellation. They would go to different inclinations and even the relatively small number of com sats covering the poles would not go to a 90° inclination. A situation as shown in this gif is not something real. There is a risk and both Elon Musk and Wyler have said they will have deorbiting rules much stricter than presently called for by treaties to minimize that risk.

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #28 on: 11/23/2015 05:43 AM »
Not really. Iridium seems to do fine.
What about Kosmos-2251 seems fine to you? :o
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #29 on: 11/23/2015 05:50 AM »
Interesting GIF from JPL ostensibly about FireSat.
FireSat is discussing 200 satellites at 1200 km.  That sounds like ~2/7 of the OneWeb constellation.
Look at the GIF and see all the satellites converging on the pole.
Then think there are more than three times the number of satellites shown and this is happening at both poles.

I hate it when a real problem is misrepresented like this. What moron approved this gif? So the constellation is designed to detect wildfires at the north and south pole? A fire sat constellation would have an inclination well away from the poles.

Similar a com sat constellation. They would go to different inclinations and even the relatively small number of com sats covering the poles would not go to a 90° inclination. A situation as shown in this gif is not something real. There is a risk and both Elon Musk and Wyler have said they will have deorbiting rules much stricter than presently called for by treaties to minimize that risk.

Please remain civil.
It is not mis-represented
OneWeb is their only known chance to get 200 hosted payloads.  (I don't know why they think this. but it is clearly stated.)
OneWeb has chosen a uniform inclination of something like 89 degrees.  (I don't know why but OneWeb is very specific about this.)  And OneWeb is proposing 720 satellites, not a mere 200.
(At least it's not 900+!  8)
And this thread is about OneWeb.  FireSat discussions are in the Cubesat threads.
And none of this makes much difference.
Traffic control for OneWeb will be an immense challenge.
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What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #30 on: 11/23/2015 05:58 AM »
Interesting GIF from JPL ostensibly about FireSat.
FireSat is discussing 200 satellites at 1200 km.  That sounds like ~2/7 of the OneWeb constellation.
Look at the GIF and see all the satellites converging on the pole.
Then think there are more than three times the number of satellites shown and this is happening at both poles.

I hate it when a real problem is misrepresented like this. What moron approved this gif? So the constellation is designed to detect wildfires at the north and south pole? A fire sat constellation would have an inclination well away from the poles.

Similar a com sat constellation. They would go to different inclinations and even the relatively small number of com sats covering the poles would not go to a 90° inclination. A situation as shown in this gif is not something real. There is a risk and both Elon Musk and Wyler have said they will have deorbiting rules much stricter than presently called for by treaties to minimize that risk.

Please remain civil.
It is not mis-represented
OneWeb is their only known chance to get 200 hosted payloads.  (I don't know why they think this. but it is clearly stated.)
OneWeb has chosen a uniform inclination of something like 89 degrees.  (I don't know why but OneWeb is very specific about this.)  And OneWeb is proposing 720 satellites, not a mere 200.
(At least it's not 900+!  8)
And this thread is about OneWeb.  FireSat discussions are in the Cubesat threads.
And none of this makes much difference.
Traffic control for OneWeb will be an immense challenge.
If you graphed all the ship traffic at 0 km altitude, I wonder what it would look like.

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #31 on: 11/23/2015 09:15 AM »
OneWeb has chosen a uniform inclination of something like 89 degrees.  (I don't know why but OneWeb is very specific about this.)  And OneWeb is proposing 720 satellites, not a mere 200.

Do you have a source for that inclination? It makes very little sense to me.

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« Reply #32 on: 11/27/2015 05:00 AM »
In general, I'm guessing that someone like OneWeb that is putting up a constellation is looking for additional revenue streams, so things like fire detection might come in.  You lose some mass, but make some money, and with it you can put up more satellites...  The Arctic is going to become quite a hot spot in the coming decades, so I wonder what else you can use optical sensing for.  Real-time ship and equipment tracking, for example...
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« Reply #33 on: 11/27/2015 05:53 AM »
OneWeb has chosen a uniform inclination of something like 89 degrees.  (I don't know why but OneWeb is very specific about this.)  And OneWeb is proposing 720 satellites, not a mere 200.

Do you have a source for that inclination? It makes very little sense to me.

SpaceNews
"OneWeb’s 150-kilogram satellites will operate in an orbit 1,200 kilometers in altitude, in 18 planes of 40 satellites each, with an inclination of 87.9 degrees relative to the equator. With its solar arrays deployed, each satellite will measure some 3.5 square meters."

A slight error on my part. 87.9 degrees not 89 degrees.

This article by Duncan Steel says
"The original WorldVu plan apparently involved a constellation of 360 satellites in total, 180 each at altitudes of 800 and 950 km, and all having an inclination of 88.2 degrees."

Very similar inclination. It makes no sense to me either but that's what they are saying.
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #34 on: 04/10/2016 09:37 PM »
OneWeb is hiring senior-level engineers in Melbourne, Florida

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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-oneweb-satellite-hiring-20160330-story.html
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #35 on: 04/18/2016 04:14 PM »
OneWeb satellite factory will be in Exploration Park next to KSC:

http://spacenews.com/oneweb-satellites-to-settle-in-exploration-park-florida-with-eyes-on-business-beyond-oneweb/

Edit: A good indicator Launcherone might fly out of the KSC SLF?
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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #36 on: 04/20/2016 12:54 PM »
Things are moving forward with OneWeb.  The paperware is about to become hardware as they locate their factory across the street from Blue Origin's factory, so I think they deserve their own discussion thread. 

Here's some news from my neck of the woods to kick things off:
http://www.floridajobs.org/news-center/DEO-Press/2016/04/19/governor-rick-scott-oneweb-selects-florida-s-space-coast-for-satellite-manufacturing-operations

and
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/tech/science/space/2016/04/19/oneweb-build-satellites-space-coast/83194754/

and their home page:
http://www.oneweb.world

Press release with a quote from my boss:

"Governor Rick Scott: OneWeb Selects Florida’s Space Coast for Satellite Manufacturing Operations
Apr 19, 2016
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott announced that OneWeb, a global communications network company, will expand in Brevard County and create 250 high-tech manufacturing and engineering jobs. The company plans to locate a 100,000 square foot satellite manufacturing facility on Florida’s Space Coast at Exploration Park, just south of Kennedy Space Center. The project will also invest nearly $85 million into the community. OneWeb is working to create a global, satellite based communications network capable of delivering internet connectivity anywhere in the world.

Governor Scott said, “It’s great news that OneWeb has chosen to build one of the world’s most advanced aerospace manufacturing facilities right here in Florida. We have worked hard to permanently eliminate the sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment so companies like OneWeb can succeed right here in Florida. I look forward to seeing OneWeb Satellite’s continued success in Florida.”

OneWeb, which was founded by technology entrepreneur and former Google executive Greg Wyler, will design, build and launch an extensive network of small, low earth orbit satellites that will enable the delivery of internet services to every corner of the Earth at a low cost. These micro satellites will be manufactured at the Space Coast facility and will be mass produced utilizing fewer components thus making them lighter and easier to launch.

Greg Wyler, Founder and Chairman of OneWeb, said, “This new facility is another step in the dream of enabling affordable internet access for the entire globe. These satellites are truly state of the art as we have really pushed, but not exceeded, the limits of technology. With this new facility we will be able to iterate, update and continuously improve the satellite’s design and performance, and being right at the Space Center using Virgin Galactic we will be able to launch new satellites within hours of completion.”

Brian Holz, CEO of OneWeb Satellites, said, “Florida is an excellent location for our high volume satellite manufacturing facility. The State of Florida and Space Florida really understood our business needs and gave us an outstanding offer to locate in Exploration Park. Our high volume satellite production uses many of the same technologies as aircraft production and Florida has become a center of excellence for both aviation and space related technologies. We will leverage much of the local aerospace capability expanding opportunity in the Space Coast region, and we also anticipate many of our suppliers to co-locate operations near our facility. The facility will be a big part of our ability to dramatically lower satellite costs for OneWeb and other customers as we grow our business.”

OneWeb has teamed with a number of partners and suppliers to achieve their vision for connectivity. Airbus Defence and Space will begin by building test satellites at its facility in Toulouse, France; Ariannespace and Virgin Galactic will provide launch services support; Hughes Network Systems will build ground monitoring and management hardware; and Intelsat will manage the satellite fleet for the company.

The project was made possible through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Department of Economic Opportunity, Space Florida, Brevard County, The Economic Development Commission, and the North Brevard Economic Development Zone.

Bill Johnson, President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, said, “OneWeb’s decision to locate their manufacturing facility on the Space Coast is great news for Florida families. Their move will result in the creation of 250 new, high-tech jobs and the investment of $85 million into the local community. Florida is becoming the top destination for great IT companies like OneWeb, and I look forward to seeing their continued success.”

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Today’s announcement is another great win for Florida’s Space Coast. OneWeb’s new facility will provide 250 high-wage jobs to Brevard County families. The aerospace industry is flourishing again in our state thanks to private-sector investment and innovation and Gov. Scott’s focus on increasing manufacturing in Florida by cutting taxes and streamlining regulation.”

Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida, said, “The announcement of OneWeb’s presence here at Exploration Park is one that perfectly aligns with Space Florida’s vision of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport and Florida as the world’s leading space commerce center. Our ever-expanding commercial space industry at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport will now be home to the most advanced satellite manufacturing capability in the world, and Space Florida looks forward to OneWeb Satellite’s success.”

Brevard County Board of County Commission Chair Jim Barfield, said, “In just a few short years, Brevard County has been able to achieve what many others have not; total diversification after a major economic shift. While no one in our community had a say in the Shuttle program shutdown, this community created its own future by bringing manufacturing, aerospace, and aviation innovators like OneWeb and others here. We are positioned well as we work together to keep the momentum going.”

Brevard County Commissioner, District 1 Robin Fisher, said, “By putting NBEDZ funds to work for our community, we are growing high wage employment. This project is a perfect fit within our ever expanding cluster of technology and aerospace companies in North Brevard.”

OneWeb has teamed with a number of partners and suppliers to achieve their vision for connectivity. Airbus Defence and Space will begin by building test satellites at its facility in Toulouse, France; Ariannespace and Virgin Galactic will provide launch services support; Hughes Network Systems will build ground monitoring and management hardware; and Intelsat will manage the satellite fleet for the company.

Lynda Weatherman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast said, “Once again Brevard County is chosen to manufacture an innovative product unique to the aerospace industry, demonstrating our position as a leader in capturing the next generation of space related activities.”

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About OneWeb

OneWeb’s mission is to enable affordable Internet access for everyone and is building a communications network with a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide connectivity to billions of people around the world. With more than 10 terabits per second of new capacity, it will transparently extend the networks of mobile operators and ISP’s to serve new coverage areas, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users. Visit OneWeb.world.
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OneWeb to Build Satellites on Space Coast, WKMG-TV 6 News, April 19, 2016

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On April 19, 2016, WKMG-TV Channel 6 in Orlando reported on the media event at Kennedy Space Center's Exploration Park to announcement a deal between Space Florida and OneWeb to build satellites at the site.

The original report is at:

http://www.clickorlando.com/web/wkmg/news/deal-with-space-florida-to-build-satellites-on-spacecoast-expand-global-internet-access

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« Reply #38 on: 05/01/2016 05:56 PM »
Why did they not choose SpaceX to launch any of their satellites?

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« Reply #39 on: 05/01/2016 06:07 PM »
Why did they not choose SpaceX to launch any of their satellites?

Because SpaceX is (sort of) a competitor.
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« Reply #40 on: 06/01/2016 06:15 PM »
From https://twitter.com/pbdes, some news on suppliers selection:

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OneWeb/Airbus names MDA (antennas, Canada), Sodern (star trackers, France) & Teledyne Defence (repeaters, UK) as contractors for 900 sats.

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Sodern, to produce 1,800 OneWeb star trackers (2 per sat), says new model is 1/10th mass/volume of predecessor, 1/50-1/100 cost, 5 yr life.

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« Reply #41 on: 06/27/2016 02:27 PM »
The OneWeb FCC filing is here:
http://licensing.fcc.gov/myibfs/forwardtopublictabaction.do?file_number=SATLOI2016042800041

OneWeb is based in the UK, but they need FCC approval for the US segment.

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The OneWeb System will consist of approximately 720 satellites, plus in-orbit spares, with the capability to increase the number of satellites. The satellites will operate in LEO at an altitude of approximately 1200 km, using 18 orbital planes, each consisting initially of up to 40 satellites, with an 87.9 degree inclination of the orbital plane.

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« Reply #42 on: 06/27/2016 03:49 PM »
Notice that the image and the original video, is "airbrushed" near both poles.  Despite this you can still see what look like collapsing rings of satellites near the north pole.  If they didn't blur the images, we would see an exaggerated version (Each satellite illustration is scaled up to one or two hundred kilometers to be visible) of what's really happening: Satellites are crossing orbits about six times per second.  Every one of these potential collisions must be controlled, even when a satellite dies, as they inevitably will. 

To my mind this is the biggest challenge for OneWeb, and every other big constellation, bigger than building a thousand satellites or launching them.

What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

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« Reply #43 on: 07/05/2016 04:59 PM »
At 1200 km altitude, there should be lots of room to vary the altitudes of satellites in different orbital planes so that the orbits don't intersect.

For example, you could have plane 1 at 1200 km altitude over the pole, plane 2 is at 1205 km altitude... ect until plane 18 at 1290 km altitude.

Since orbital period is proportional to the semi major axis, you can ensure that all orbits have the same period by having apoapsis and periapsis over the poles and flipping the order of the altitudes at the north and south poles, so that all orbits have the same major axis.
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« Reply #44 on: 07/05/2016 06:19 PM »
At 1200 km altitude, there should be lots of room to vary the altitudes of satellites in different orbital planes so that the orbits don't intersect.

For example, you could have plane 1 at 1200 km altitude over the pole, plane 2 is at 1205 km altitude... ect until plane 18 at 1290 km altitude.

Since orbital period is proportional to the semi major axis, you can ensure that all orbits have the same period by having apoapsis and periapsis over the poles and flipping the order of the altitudes at the north and south poles, so that all orbits have the same major axis.

One possible fly in the ointment for this approach is that at different altitudes, you're going to get different nodal regression rates. Not wildly different, but different enough that you're going to have to constantly be performing stationkeeping maneuvers to keep your planes spaced evenly. There may be some clever way of keeping the periods the same, and the nodal regressions the same while not having them all in the same altitude band, but that's beyond my level of orbital dynamics fu.

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« Reply #45 on: 12/19/2016 04:14 PM »
http://www.parabolicarc.com/2016/12/19/oneweb-raises-12-billion-global-satellite-internet/

OneWeb Raises $1.2 Billion for Global Satellite Internet

Small but very important step in getting something made.
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« Reply #47 on: 01/18/2017 07:24 AM »
At 1200 km altitude, there should be lots of room to vary the altitudes of satellites in different orbital planes so that the orbits don't intersect.

For example, you could have plane 1 at 1200 km altitude over the pole, plane 2 is at 1205 km altitude... ect until plane 18 at 1290 km altitude.

Since orbital period is proportional to the semi major axis, you can ensure that all orbits have the same period by having apoapsis and periapsis over the poles and flipping the order of the altitudes at the north and south poles, so that all orbits have the same major axis.
Kilometers of clearance maybe safe for normal operation, but if one collision happens, the debris cloud could flood into orbits of other satellites and cause avalanche collision of thousands satellites.

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Re: OneWeb constellation (+900 sats) to be built by Airbus
« Reply #48 on: 02/24/2017 02:12 PM »
Oneweb considering adding roughly 2,000 more satellites to initial 600 satellite constellation

http://spacenews.com/oneweb-weighing-2000-more-satellites/
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« Reply #49 on: 02/24/2017 02:35 PM »
At 1200 km altitude, there should be lots of room to vary the altitudes of satellites in different orbital planes so that the orbits don't intersect.

For example, you could have plane 1 at 1200 km altitude over the pole, plane 2 is at 1205 km altitude... ect until plane 18 at 1290 km altitude.

Since orbital period is proportional to the semi major axis, you can ensure that all orbits have the same period by having apoapsis and periapsis over the poles and flipping the order of the altitudes at the north and south poles, so that all orbits have the same major axis.
Kilometers of clearance maybe safe for normal operation, but if one collision happens, the debris cloud could flood into orbits of other satellites and cause avalanche collision of thousands satellites.
I am curious how this is currently handled by Iridium, since that is the most similar existing constellation and should have the same problem, just on a smaller scale.

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« Reply #50 on: 02/25/2017 03:19 AM »
I am curious how this is currently handled by Iridium, since that is the most similar existing constellation and should have the same problem, just on a smaller scale.

Iridium is so much smaller than most of the proposed megaconstellations (66 vs ~650-2600 for OneWeb, and 3000-4000 each for SpaceX, Boeing, and Samsung) that I'm not sure how relevant their situation is. More to the point the research Dr Lewis from the University of Southhampton on the impact of megaconstellations on the debris environment suggests that end of life disposal reliability is much more critical for big constellations.

http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/391464/ is a good example of some of the recent research.

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There was a hugely relevant panel discussion on "Space Traffic Management" at AIAA SciTech 2017, and the video is archived on Livestream:

https://livestream.com/AIAAvideo/SciTech2017/videos/146497817?origin=digest&mixpanel_id=136b121d63432e-06c456027-316f6852-13c680-136b121d635aad&acc_id=9915092


Also, below is a brief video which corresponds directly to meberbs reference to Iridium:

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« Reply #52 on: 02/25/2017 03:24 PM »
I understand that Iridium doesn't have nearly the same criticality on disposal as the mega constellations will. my question is what technique do they use to both keep the constellation in formation, and avoid collisions near the poles between operational satellites. I attached a relevant screenshot from the video.

It appears that the planes have slightly different inclinations, or the intersection would look a bit more regular. The slightly different inclinations might match with small altitude differences so they still have the same precession rate. It looks like they have 3 passing through the intersection at a time (in the screenshot 3 are incoming, and 3 are outgoing. If I have time, I might take a closer look at the TLEs, and maybe pull them into STK to see how close they really get to each other.

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« Reply #53 on: 02/25/2017 05:02 PM »
There is a good visualization at http://stuffin.space/?search=iridium

Because the satellites are not inclined at 90 degrees, they never cross more than one other orbital plane at a time. So they do not typically get very close to each other.

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A single frame from the Space Traffic Management video, not including the 2000 satellites One Web might be adding:
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« Reply #55 on: 02/27/2017 12:16 AM »
A single frame from the Space Traffic Management video, not including the 2000 satellites One Web might be adding:

Does SpaceX really have 4,425 satellites in orbit??  More than Boeing and OneWeb combined?  I must have missed something... 
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« Reply #56 on: 02/27/2017 01:21 AM »
They plan to have that many, they have none currently.

Edit, well OK they have a Dragon up there but no comsats.
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« Reply #60 on: 03/22/2017 01:32 PM »
Interview with OneWeb CEO:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-eric-beranger-chief-executive-oneweb

Is it me, or is he a little cagey about financing ... ?!

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« Reply #61 on: 03/22/2017 02:28 PM »
Interview with OneWeb CEO:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-eric-beranger-chief-executive-oneweb

Is it me, or is he a little cagey about financing ... ?!
The whole thing sounds weird. Ground stations??? What's the point, then?

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How does a boat in the Pacific get OneWeb?

Very easily. We have simple terminals that are very easy to use.

But how does the signal get landed? You don’t have intersatellite links.

We have a network of gateway Earth stations that are cleverly distributed, in such a way that to this user it will be exactly like using a normal landline.

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« Reply #62 on: 03/22/2017 03:28 PM »
Interview with OneWeb CEO:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-eric-beranger-chief-executive-oneweb

Is it me, or is he a little cagey about financing ... ?!
CEO-speak. 

Wasn't Virgin a big investor?

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« Reply #63 on: 03/22/2017 06:22 PM »
Interview with OneWeb CEO:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-eric-beranger-chief-executive-oneweb

Is it me, or is he a little cagey about financing ... ?!

Yup, saying "To be clear, there were figures published before my time about the target cost per satellite. I wouldn’t use those figures now." sounds really weird. Seems like they cannot meet their 500k$ per satellite cost.





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Very easily. We have simple terminals that are very easy to use.

But how does the signal get landed? You don’t have intersatellite links.

We have a network of gateway Earth stations that are cleverly distributed, in such a way that to this user it will be exactly like using a normal landline.

I think the maritime market is not that big, so they don't want to add inter satellite links to their design because of it. They probably think they can manage with ground stations on the shores, plus ground station on islands with GEO/O3b backhaul to cover the rest. Since their satellites orbit relatively high, their horizon is far away so coastal ground stations should cover al lot of area.

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« Reply #64 on: 03/23/2017 01:32 AM »
Interview with OneWeb CEO:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-eric-beranger-chief-executive-oneweb

Is it me, or is he a little cagey about financing ... ?!
The whole thing sounds weird. Ground stations??? What's the point, then?

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How does a boat in the Pacific get OneWeb?

Very easily. We have simple terminals that are very easy to use.

But how does the signal get landed? You don’t have intersatellite links.

We have a network of gateway Earth stations that are cleverly distributed, in such a way that to this user it will be exactly like using a normal landline.

Ever since the first constellation concepts, there were two schools of thought - have the satellites simply be last-mile collection mechanisms that use ground stations to hook up to terrestrial long haul nets, or have the satellites also create the backbone itself.

SpaceX is going for the second, much more complex, but also more lucrative, option.  OneWeb is going for the simpler idea, but it means they are "captive" by the existing long haul infrastructure providers
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« Reply #65 on: 03/23/2017 02:30 AM »
Interview with OneWeb CEO:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-eric-beranger-chief-executive-oneweb

Is it me, or is he a little cagey about financing ... ?!
The whole thing sounds weird. Ground stations??? What's the point, then?

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How does a boat in the Pacific get OneWeb?

Very easily. We have simple terminals that are very easy to use.

But how does the signal get landed? You don’t have intersatellite links.

We have a network of gateway Earth stations that are cleverly distributed, in such a way that to this user it will be exactly like using a normal landline.

Ever since the first constellation concepts, there were two schools of thought - have the satellites simply be last-mile collection mechanisms that use ground stations to hook up to terrestrial long haul nets, or have the satellites also create the backbone itself.

SpaceX is going for the second, much more complex, but also more lucrative, option.  OneWeb is going for the simpler idea, but it means they are "captive" by the existing long haul infrastructure providers

True, but if OneWeb is successful with their first constellation, they'll have the money to add intersatellite links in a follow-on generation if its determined to be useful. There's something to be said for keeping the amount of capital for their first system in an achievable range, and getting to market quicker. But long-term I hope they add intersatellite links, and if possible the ability to provide intersatellite links to 3rd party spacecraft/space facilities to their 2nd generation constellation. But getting the first one flying is a big enough first step.

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« Reply #66 on: 03/23/2017 02:57 AM »
Just to give some context, Iridium's revenue is over 4 times that of Globalstar, and that's before Iridium's more ambitious second generation constellation has been activated.

Can you guess which one (Iridium or Globalstar) has satellite interconnects and which one doesn't?

SpaceX's ambition with their constellation is a factor of 10 and perhaps 100 times that of OneWeb's.

Not just number of satellites, but throughput per satellite, low altitude, satellite interconnect. Per-user bandwidth. Latency. User terminals. Everything.

The SpaceX constellation is JUST as ambitious as ITS is.
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« Reply #67 on: 03/23/2017 04:31 AM »
Interview with OneWeb CEO:

https://www.spaceintelreport.com/interview-eric-beranger-chief-executive-oneweb

Is it me, or is he a little cagey about financing ... ?!
The whole thing sounds weird. Ground stations??? What's the point, then?

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How does a boat in the Pacific get OneWeb?

Very easily. We have simple terminals that are very easy to use.

But how does the signal get landed? You don’t have intersatellite links.

We have a network of gateway Earth stations that are cleverly distributed, in such a way that to this user it will be exactly like using a normal landline.

Ever since the first constellation concepts, there were two schools of thought - have the satellites simply be last-mile collection mechanisms that use ground stations to hook up to terrestrial long haul nets, or have the satellites also create the backbone itself.

SpaceX is going for the second, much more complex, but also more lucrative, option.  OneWeb is going for the simpler idea, but it means they are "captive" by the existing long haul infrastructure providers

True, but if OneWeb is successful with their first constellation, they'll have the money to add intersatellite links in a follow-on generation if its determined to be useful. There's something to be said for keeping the amount of capital for their first system in an achievable range, and getting to market quicker. But long-term I hope they add intersatellite links, and if possible the ability to provide intersatellite links to 3rd party spacecraft/space facilities to their 2nd generation constellation. But getting the first one flying is a big enough first step.

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Agreed - they are what they are, both of them.

I was responding to the "what's the point" question.

BFC is simply more ambitious.  The reason why, IMO, is that Musk currently has the lead in launch capability, and in a telecom venture like this, first-to-market really matters, so he's striking while the metal's hot.

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« Reply #68 on: 04/22/2017 03:43 PM »
Looks like the ground has been cleared at Exploration park for Oneweb's Florida manufacturing facility:

taken from Planet Explorer Beta program, dated April 20, 2017:

https://www.planet.com/explorer/#/center/-80.677,28.514/zoom/17
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[Space Intel Report] OneWeb promises US regulators 2019 Alaska coverage; Intelsat merger unclear
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Start-up satellite constellation operator OneWeb on May 19 told U.S. regulators that it would be able to provide broadband access to all of Alaska in 2019.
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OneWeb, which for regulatory purposes is also known as WorldVu Satellites, said its final assembly line for the first 10 of its 880 satellites would be in operation at the Airbus Defence and Space plant in Toulouse, France, in June.
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Full production-rate launches, aboard Europeanized Russian Soyuz rockets, is expected to start by the end of 2018
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OneWeb has raised $1.7 billion, with the latest investment of $1.2 billion coming from SoftBank of Japan. SoftBank is organizing the acquisition of venerable satellite fleet operator Intelsat by offering some Intelsat bondholders to exchange their debt for cash and debt.

The transaction has struggled to win bondholder support. SoftBank recently sweetened the offer and extended its deadline for acceptance to May 31.

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At #OneWeb request, @Arianespace looking to increase Soyuz sat-dispenser capacity to 36 150-kg OneWeb sats, from 32: Arianespace's Breton.

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« Reply #71 on: 05/23/2017 04:06 AM »
Just to give some context, Iridium's revenue is over 4 times that of Globalstar, and that's before Iridium's more ambitious second generation constellation has been activated.

Can you guess which one (Iridium or Globalstar) has satellite interconnects and which one doesn't?

SpaceX's ambition with their constellation is a factor of 10 and perhaps 100 times that of OneWeb's.

Not just number of satellites, but throughput per satellite, low altitude, satellite interconnect. Per-user bandwidth. Latency. User terminals. Everything.

The SpaceX constellation is JUST as ambitious as ITS is.
Globalstar isn't helped by everybody's memories of the system becoming almost unusable with little or no warning, even though the operators knew what was going on. I dumpstered dozens of those systems when the sats started failing. The main reason anybody ever used them was Iridiums crappy voice quality. I couldn't believe the new system was sticking with 2400bps voice channels.

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« Reply #72 on: 06/01/2017 04:18 PM »
OneWeb's proposed merger with Intelsat fell through.  They can still cooperate even if they're not combining into a single company.

Intelsat Announces Termination of Debt Exchange Offers and Anticipated Termination of Conditional Combination Agreement with OneWeb and Share Purchase Agreement with SoftBank
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LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 1, 2017-- Intelsat S.A. (NYSE:I) (“Intelsat”) today announced that the previously announced (i) offer or offers to exchange (collectively, the “Exchange Offers”) certain of the respective outstanding senior unsecured notes (the “Existing Notes”) issued by its indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, Intelsat Jackson Holdings S.A., Intelsat Connect Finance S.A., and Intelsat (Luxembourg) S.A. (collectively, the “Issuers”) and (ii) solicitation or solicitations of consents (collectively, the “Consent Solicitations”) to amend the indentures governing the Existing Notes expired pursuant to their terms at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on May 31, 2017. As of the expiration date, the minimum tender conditions for the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations had not been satisfied. The Issuers have not accepted any of the Existing Notes for exchange, any Existing Notes tendered for exchange will be promptly returned to holders, and the Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations have accordingly been terminated.

The Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitations were conducted pursuant to the Combination Agreement, dated as of February 28, 2017 (as amended by that certain First Amendment to and Waiver Relating to the Combination Agreement, dated May 17, 2017, the “Combination Agreement”), between Intelsat and WorldVu Satellites Limited (“OneWeb”), pursuant to which Intelsat and OneWeb would combine through a merger, and the related Share Purchase Agreement, dated as of February 28, 2017 (as amended by that certain First Amendment to and Agreement Relating to the Share Purchase Agreement, dated as of May 17, 2017, the “Share Purchase Agreement”) among Intelsat, SoftBank Group Corp. (“SoftBank”) and OneWeb, pursuant to which SoftBank would make a cash investment in exchange for common and preferred shares of the combined company contemporaneous with the closing under the Combination Agreement. The successful completion of the Exchange Offers would have satisfied a condition to completion of the transactions under the Combination Agreement and the Share Purchase Agreement. Intelsat has notified OneWeb and SoftBank of the failure to consummate the Exchange Offers.

As a result of the termination of the Exchange Offers, Intelsat currently expects that OneWeb and SoftBank will exercise their respective termination rights under the Combination Agreement and related Share Purchase Agreement on June 2.

Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler said, “There were many stakeholders’ interests that needed to be satisfied in this complex transaction. We are disappointed that our bondholders were unwilling to accept the terms of the exchange offers presented over the course of this process. Even without a merger of our companies, the pre-existing commercial agreement among Intelsat, OneWeb and SoftBank will continue. Under this agreement, we plan to jointly develop integrated solutions utilizing both of our fleets and to act as a sub-distributor to SoftBank for the attractive application segments of mobility, energy, government, and connected car. As we create integrated services for these applications, we expect to accelerate and enhance our goal of unlocking new and larger opportunities in the communications landscape. We remain focused on achieving our operating priorities for 2017, including the continued commercialization of our Intelsat EpicNG® high throughput satellite services.”

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https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/870899590572240896

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« Reply #74 on: 06/03/2017 01:59 PM »
It seems kind of optimistic for them to expect to launch 10 satellites in the Spring if they haven't even inaugurated the assembly line. But who knows? Maybe they can do it.
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« Reply #75 on: 06/03/2017 03:34 PM »
It seems kind of optimistic for them to expect to launch 10 satellites in the Spring if they haven't even inaugurated the assembly line. But who knows? Maybe they can do it.

OneWeb said in March they had started satellite production. So either that didn't mean construction or maybe it was lab rather than 'production line' based?

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« Reply #76 on: 06/03/2017 04:09 PM »
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OneWeb1/ @greg_wyler confirms Intelsat deal dead; to inaugurate Toulouse sat prod line (1st 10 sats) June 27; these sats launch spring 2018.

https://twitter.com/pbdes/status/870899590572240896

What was the bottom line that killed this deal?  Something made the bindholders balk...

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« Reply #77 on: 06/03/2017 04:54 PM »
It seems kind of optimistic for them to expect to launch 10 satellites in the Spring if they haven't even inaugurated the assembly line. But who knows? Maybe they can do it.
Two things this initial production line is not in the US but in an existing sat mfg facility in EU. But it does do one thing very different than normal sat production. The production line is a trial assembly line using normal industry practices for moderate count mass produced products. Less of the normal sat assembly of add part and test and more of the add all the parts then test. If the sat fails acceptance test, fix or break apart for parts throwing away suspected failure items. plus analyzing if assembly procedure for the involved part or parts was the reason for failure. If the later correct assembly procedure. Most of this is what you see in the high end electronics industry where end counts of a specific model is in the thousand range. At higher mfg rates the acceptance testing is actually a sampling and not 100%. But for this assembly line it will most likely be 100% but not the slower previous procedures of careful add part and test/inspect thoroughly before adding next part.

One method takes years the other months. For small sats which OneWeb is, the shortened and faster method is better suited for mfg of not just 5 or even 20 sats but over a 1,000 in the end.

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« Reply #78 on: 06/14/2017 04:46 PM »
Draft of FCC order in favor of granting OneWeb access to the U.S. market.  Apparently this will be discussed at an FCC meeting later this month.

I only found this because it was referenced in another document (comments by ViaSat submitted for the OneWeb application).  Does anyone know where these drafts can be accessed on the FCC site if you don't already know they're there?
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Does anyone know of a source that provides some technical info of the design Airbus plans to use to build these satellites; high-level stuff that gives the technical reader a good feel of how things go together. I know they have talked about a modular design and use of a highly automated assembly line. I was wondering how that all comes together when you assembly each bird. I didn't see any links in a quick scan of this thread, but will scroll through more slowly to double check. I need some info to help the career along, anything will be appreciated.
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« Reply #80 on: 06/15/2017 05:34 PM »
Does anyone know of a source that provides some technical info of the design Airbus plans to use to build these satellites; high-level stuff that gives the technical reader a good feel of how things go together. I know they have talked about a modular design and use of a highly automated assembly line. I was wondering how that all comes together when you assembly each bird. I didn't see any links in a quick scan of this thread, but will scroll through more slowly to double check. I need some info to help the career along, anything will be appreciated.
Its proprietary info for the public thread, but you might get some info if asked in L2. Other than that the so called OneWeb Spacecraft Bus is new and has not flown in the past.
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https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/newsroom/news-and-features/oneweb-satellites-completes-its-industrial-organisation/
https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/newsroom/news-and-features/airbus-defence-and-space-selected-to-partner-in-production-of-oneweb-satellite-constellation/
http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/oneweb.htm
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But of course, only non-proprietary/public info is what I am asking about. Thank you for some links
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« Reply #82 on: 06/16/2017 03:32 AM »
Draft of FCC order in favor of granting OneWeb access to the U.S. market.  Apparently this will be discussed at an FCC meeting later this month.

This is on the agenda of the June 22 FCC meeting:
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WASHINGTON, June 1, 2017 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai
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Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017:
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OneWeb Market Access Request – The Commission will consider an Order and Declaratory
Ruling that recommends granting OneWeb’s request to be permitted to access the U.S. market
using its proposed global non-geostationary satellite constellation for the provision of broadband
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« Reply #84 on: 06/27/2017 09:32 AM »
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Airbus Space‏ Verified account @AirbusSpace 1h1 hour ago

Today, #OneWeb Satellites inaugurates its assembly line in Toulouse to begin the production of its first mini-satellites.
https://twitter.com/AirbusSpace/status/879613688944185344

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Toulouse facility validates the production methods to manufacture high-perf sats and lay the framework for the larger multi-line in Florida
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LEO Internet constellation operator #Oneweb inaugurates 1st sat-prod line at @AirbusSpace in Toulouse; 1st 10 of 900 sats to be built there.
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Peter B. de Selding‏ @pbdes 1h1 hour ago

Here's image from #OneWeb on what their 900 sats will look like. Launch of 1st 10 sats, built at @AirbusSpace Toulouse, set for mid-2018.
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OneWeb Satellites inaugurates serial production line for the Assembly, Integration, and Test of OneWeb’s first satellites

Toulouse 27/06/2017 – Today, OneWeb Satellites inaugurates its assembly line in Toulouse, the beating heart of Airbus’ manufacturing expertise, to begin end-to-end validation, testing, and integration of its first satellites set for launch in just over nine months.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb, a global communications company whose mission is to provide affordable Internet access to everyone on Earth, and Airbus Defence and Space with its first order to include the production of 900 communications satellites for OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite fleet. The 4,600 square meters Toulouse facility will serve to validate the production methods necessary to manufacture high-performance satellites at a scale never achieved before, de-risk any potential issues, and lay the framework for the larger multi-line OneWeb Satellites factory near the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The initial 10 pilot and Toulouse-built satellites, after having undergone a comprehensive set of tests, will become the first of OneWeb’s fleet.
one web satellite

Benefitting from the industrial and space expertise at Airbus, this assembly line will include state-of-the-art automation, test equipment and data acquisition capabilities to shorten assembly times and provide means to analyze factory performance and process improvements. These satellites will provide valuable in-orbit data to confirm the design of the spacecraft and proceed with fine tune adjustments if necessary. They will also enable nearly real-time detection and correction of any anomalies in the manufacturing process.

“We have just about nine months until the first of our fleet launches into orbit,” said Greg Wyler, Founder and Chairman of OneWeb. “Then, if all goes well, we will begin the world’s largest launch campaign, sending new satellites up every 21 days, and building not just a fleet but a digital bridge to enable affordable broadband access for the billions of unconnected around the world.”

As well as building the fleet of satellites, OneWeb Satellites will provide customized versions of these ultra-high performance satellites, platforms and core technologies to Airbus to support their third party sales to other commercial and government operators globally. The mini-satellites, coming from the huge production line, will enable new cost and performance paradigms for those looking to benefit from the advantages satellites can bring to Earth observation, sensor and telecommunications markets.

“Providing global internet access with the OneWeb satellites is a daring mission, which we’re very excited to be a part of”, said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus. “Airbus thrives on innovation and innovation is at the core of this joint endeavor with OneWeb. Never before have high quality satellites been produced at such little cost, at such a fast pace and in such high quantities. As such, OneWeb is truly a transformational project – not just for Airbus but for the space industry as a whole.

”The development of this facility has been supported by Bpifrance in the framework of the French PIA programme (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir).

http://www.airbus.com/newsroom/press-releases/en/2017/06/one-web-satellites-serial-production-line-inauguration.html

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The Airbus production will be used for producing third party sales using same satellite bus.

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In Florida, opening the world's first fully robotic satellite structures facility w/ our partner #RUAGSpace. Production panels next month!
https://twitter.com/greg_wyler/status/884827543408345089

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OneWeb sats facility under construction with @blueorigin on the left. Scale of these buildings is hard to appreciate in a photo!
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OneWeb on orbital debris mitigation:
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The subsystems on the spacecraft that are required to do that deorbiting operation are spec’d as the highest-reliability functions on the entire spacecraft — even above that of the revenue-generating payload
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OneWeb on orbital debris mitigation:
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The subsystems on the spacecraft that are required to do that deorbiting operation are spec’d as the highest-reliability functions on the entire spacecraft — even above that of the revenue-generating payload
http://spacenews.com/oneweb-vouches-for-high-reliability-of-its-deorbit-system/

Tim also mentioned in his statements on the panel discussion that OneWeb is investigating including grapple features on their spacecraft that would enable capture and deorbit of spacecraft by an ADR spacecraft if that ends up being necessary. They're definitely taking a belt-suspenders-duct tape approach to sustainability.

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Looks surreal, but check out the latest shot of OneWeb’s satellite factory in Exploration Park, Florida.  Mass production begins early 2018.

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Very minor damage to #OneWeb construction site, just some bent beams here and there.

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« Reply #94 on: 09/12/2017 08:42 PM »
OneWeb plans to keep the initial production line in Toulouse to make satellites for other constellations, and as a backup to Florida.  First satellites should be leaving Toulouse for Kourou in October, for a March 2018 launch.

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The high volume satellite mfg facility is back on track after #Irma w/limited damage. Our hearts go out to those who were hit more directly.

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That sounds astonishingly lucky compared with how violent those storms looked. TBH I suspect if they had roofs and walls on it would have been much worse.
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