SpaceX and OneWeb satellites didn't have a close call in space after all: report
It turns out that the recent "near miss" collision between two SpaceX and OneWeb internet satellites in orbit wasn't a "close call" at all, and the satellites weren't actually in danger of crashing, SpaceX has revealed.space.com
OneWeb CEO: Here's why our product is different than Elon Musk's SpaceX Starlink
But OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson, who joined the company in November after its emergence from last year's bankruptcy, does not see Elon Musk's space business as a direct competitor despite the comparisons. "There are some areas where we will compete, I suspect, particularly around serving governments, but governments will always buy more than one service," Masterson told CNBC. OneWeb's satellite network is a business-to-business model, planning to deliver service through existing telecommunications companies, internet service providers, and other distributors. "Those price points [can be] very different in different parts of the world." A stack of 36 OneWeb satellites being prepared ahead of its launch on March 25, 2020.cnbc.com
Soyuz rocket launches 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit for modified satellite internet constellation
Image 1 of 6 An Arianespace Soyuz rocket launches 36 OneWeb satellites to orbit on March 24, 2021. (Image credit: OneWeb) Image 2 of 6 The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 36 spacecraft lifted off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. (Image credit: Roscosmos) Image 3 of 6 OneWeb now has 146 satellites in its constellation after the fifth launch on March 24, 2021, when a Soyuz rocket delivered another 36 satellites to orbit. (Image credit: Arianespace) Image 4 of 6 An Arianespace Soyuz rocket launches 36 OneWeb satellites to orbit on March 24, 2021. (Image credit: Arianespace)A Soyuz rocket successfully sent 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit Wednesday (March 24) as the London-based company continues its recovery from a tough 2020.space.com
Arianespace to launch new fleet of OneWeb internet satellites tonight. Here's how to watch.
A Soyuz rocket arrives at the launch pad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Siberia ahead of a planned launch of 36 OneWeb satellites on March 24, 2021. A Soyuz rocket will launch 36 new satellites into orbit for OneWeb today (March 24), expanding on the company’s growing high-speed internet constellation, and you can watch the action live online. The mission is being operated by the France-based commercial launch company Arianespace . In Photos: OneWeb Launches Global Satellite Internet ConstellationA Soyuz rocket arrives at the launch pad at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Siberia ahead of its planned launch of 36 OneWeb satellites in March 2021. (Image credit: Arianespace)Flight ST30 is the second OneWeb launch since the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2020.space.com
OneWeb emerges from bankruptcy with launch of 36 internet satellites
Bouncing back from bankruptcy, OneWeb resumed building out its constellation of internet satellites Friday, launching 36 broadband relay stations atop a Russian Soyuz rocket to boost the company's orbital constellation to 110. Competing with with SpaceX's rapidly expanding Starlink system, OneWeb satellites "will deliver high-speed aviation, maritime, backhaul services and for governments, emergency response services and more," the company said. A Soyuz rocket blasts off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia's Far East carrying 36 OneWeb internet relay satellites to space. "All 36 OneWeb spacecraft were launched ... into their design orbits," tweeted Dmitry Rogozin, director of the Russian federal space agency, in translated remarks. In November, OneWeb emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy under new management and pressed ahead with Friday's launch of 36 satellites built at a facility near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.cbsnews.com
OneWeb launches 36 internet satellites into orbit on Soyuz rocket
A Soyuz rocket launched 36 new satellites into orbit for OneWeb on Friday (Dec. 18), resuming the company's assembly of a high-speed internet constellation after its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy under new ownership. It took nearly four hours for all 36 satellites, each the size of a washing machine, to be deployed. "We've confirmed signal acquisition for all 36 satellites." In photos: OneWeb launches a global satellite internet constellationA Soyuz rocket launches 36 OneWeb internet satellites into orbit from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Siberia on Dec. 18, 2020. OneWeb's 36 internet satellites are seen stacked in launch position ahead of a Dec. 18, 2020 launch from Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome.space.com
Astronomers are working to make sure large satellite constellations don’t forever change the night sky
A composite image of Starlink satellite trails across an image of Comet NEOWise taken in Central Florida by astronomer Derek Demeter in July 2020. (Derek Demeter)Our view of the night sky has been changing ever since the light bulb was invented. “When I look up at the night sky, I’m reminded of the thousands of years of history that people have been inspired -- a lot of our traditions today stem from ancient people looking up at the night sky and feeling awe and wonder,” he said. AdIn August, the members of an American Astronomical Society committee -- who have been working with SpaceX engineers-- released their findings about how to mitigate trashing the night sky and what the long-standing impact of these large constellations will be. Lori Allen, also an astronomer with the NOIRLab, said the astronomy working group observed Starlink satellites to determine if changes to the satellite hardware will work, what observatories can do.
OneWeb, a satellite internet startup, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket launches 34 new OneWeb internet satellites into orbit from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on March 21, 2020. Satellite internet startup OneWeb has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a move that comes less than a week after the company launched nearly three dozen satellites into orbit. In photos: OneWeb launches new global satellite internet constellationSteckel cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as a reason for the Chapter 11 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York's Southern District. An artist's illustration of a OneWeb satellite in orbit. Amazon and Telesat have also announced plans for internet satellite networks.space.com
SoftBank is letting internet satellite company OneWeb file for bankruptcy, a sign Masayoshi Son has learned lessons from WeWork
SoftBank has decided to let satellite internet provider OneWeb file for bankruptcy Friday rather than pump billions of dollars into the start-up to save it, according to people familiar with the matter. OneWeb plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday when markets close in New York at 4 p.m. OneWeb was in the early stages of launching its own global satellite internet constellation, which would have competed directly with the network SpaceX is building called Starlink. "We're constantly raising capital," Steckel said, just after the company's second launch. The Financial Times first reported that OneWeb would file for bankruptcy.cnbc.com
Soyuz rocket to launch 34 OneWeb internet satellites today. Here's how to watch online.
Update for 1:23 p.m. EDT: A Soyuz rocket has successfully launched 34 OneWeb internet satellites into orbit. An Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch more than 30 new OneWeb internet satellites into orbit today (March 21) and you can watch it all live online. The Russian-built Soyuz 2.1b rocket is scheduled to launch 34 OneWeb broadband satellites into orbit at 1:06 p.m. EDT (1706 GMT) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. In photos: OneWeb launches global satellite internet constellationAn Arianespace Soyuz 2.1 rocket stands atop its launchpad at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to launch 34 OneWeb communications satellites. The first six satellites launched in February 2019, with another 34 satellites lifting off last month.space.com