The Airbus and OneWeb joint venture OneWeb Satellites is ramping up manufacturing of satellites for a new low-earth-orbit constellation. The first six satellites were manufactured at Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse, France, then shipped to Kourou, French Guiana, for launch on a Soyuz rocket.
Manufacturing of the satellites will now move to a new factory in Florida. The “ultra-high-performance” 150-kg (331-pound) satellites are designed “to provide internet to everybody, everywhere” and will be deployed in a constellation of 900 satellites orbiting at 1,200 km. Service, planned to begin in 2027, will include high-speed, low-latency airborne connectivity.