According to the company officials about 900 satellites are to designed by Europe’s Airbus Group for privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which is planning to provide high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people around the globe.
OneWeb that is based in Britain’s Channel Islands said that, at the start of 2018 about 700 satellites, that will weigh less that 150kg each will be launched into an orbit around the Earth. The rest of the satellites will be kept on the ground for the backup replacement.
Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb and Chief Executive Officer, stated that bankrolled in part by Richard Branson’s London based Virgin Group and chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, the cost of the project will be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion.
Airbus has mentioned that they will build the first 10 spacecraft at its facility located in Toulouse before they move to an undisclosed locality in the United States.
According to reports several other companies were competing for a contract of spacecraft, including Space Systems/Loral, Thales Alenia, OHB of Germany and Lockheed Martin Corp’s Space systems.
Branson’s space company, Virgin Galactic, which is developing a low-cost, small satellite launcher and also a suborbital passenger spaceship will fly some of the satellites.
Wyler refrain from disclosing the amount of investment by Virgin and Qualcomm in the project. Paul Jacobs, Branson and Qualcomm Executive Chairman joined OneWeb’s board of directors as part of the deal.
Wyler started working on his own satellite project, WorldVu which later became One Web, after leaving Google in 2014.
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