The first payload of OneWeb satellites has just been delivered into orbit. OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus, has partnered with Russian space agency Roscosmos in plans for 21 launches to place 650 satellites in orbit and hopefully provide world wide broadband internet.
The mission was completed by European launch provider Arianespace, which used a Soyuz launcher to put the satellites into space. They're planning to do it with a series of monthly launches.
Are these new internet satellites going to give us "international" I nternet Provider 's .
That is (when up & running) access british telecom, or The American (AT&T) provider's. (even Russian)
I can see our government Outlawing all this good international service, just to keep Australian consumers under their thumb of compulsory NBN
After all that, the "white elephant", NBN will be obsolete. (as soon as 5G is operating).
I suspect that 650 satellites would be low orbit? If that is the case, they will be expensive. Low orbit satellites are on a decaying orbit. So there must be a continued programme of sending up replacement satellites to replace the ones that fall down. Seems an expensive infrastructure project . They must be expecting most of the world to subscribe, to pay for it
We only need five satellites to cover this globe of ours.
And a couple at the poles ! SEVEN ?
Perhaps they are going to Tether the other 443 in a line. So centrifugal force will push the against the tether & keep them in orbit longer. ( faster spin( like their adverts)) Can also help catch all that debris up there. LoL