What does this launch hold for us? How close are we to a globalized network?
What is One Web?
One Web is a rising Low Earth Orbit satellite communications operator. It is co-owned by the UK government and Bharti Global. It launched a batch of 36 satellites on 27th May 2021. This launch was in collaboration with Arianespace from the Russian Vostochny cosmodrome.
The launch will take One Web’s total count of in-orbit constellation to 218 LEO satellites. Most importantly, this launch plays a crucial role in One Web’s LEO satellite fleet plan. They aim to build a supply of 648 LEO that will deliver low-latency and high-speed global connectivity.
‘Five to 50’
One Web said that this launch brings them a step closer to finishing its Five to 50′ drive in the recent press release. Firstly, they intend to start their commercial service by the end of this year. There is now only one launch to go until the company has the required number of satellites to partly enable its global connective solution.
This will help One Web reach all regions north of 50 degrees latitude by the next month. Secondly, the latest satellite launch results in the fourth in the five-launch program to accomplish the ‘Five to 50’ service. Thirdly, this will enable One Web to offer amazing connectivity across Alaska, the United Kingdom, and Greenland, the Arctic Seas, Canada and the entirety of Northern Europe.
The service is expected to be switched on before the end of the year. In other words, One Web intends to make its globalized services available by the next year. Moreover, the CEO of One Web, Neil Masterson, confirmed the facts in a media statement on Saturday, 29th May 2021.
The company’s satellites are built by One Web Satellites. It is an Airbus and One Web joint venture facility in Florida. It can produce two satellites a day, for instance.