Upon completion of this new project, OneWeb, the new space agency in the United Kingdom, enters into direct competition with Elon Musk’s Starlink.
Although OneWeb’s system is at all similar to that of the American competition, the British company says that Starlink’s plan is not a responsible path for the next generations. In other words, it states that placing thousands of satellites in orbit will only damage the space up there.
Chris McLaughlin, one of those responsible for OneWeb, says launching thousands of satellites on the Internet is not a good way to help the next generations of people.
But the truth is that the British company wants to place 648 more satellites up there that join the thousands that occupy the Earth’s orbit at this moment, apart from space waste.
In addition to OneWeb and SpaceX, Amazon also recently announced plans to launch a constellation of more than 3,000 satellites with the same purpose: to provide internet connection in a competitive strategy. But not only. New constellations of Russian internet satellites and European GPS guidance (Galileo) are underway.
OneWeb rises from the ashes
According to the latest report from the Business Insider, the British-owned broadband satellite operator, last November presented itself as a bankrupt, insolvent company and was almost closed due to financial problems. However, it now appears full of vitality and with the economic capacity to rival Elon Musk’s Starlink.
But then what happened? The answer is simple. OneWeb was acquired by an Indian consortium, Bharti Global, and the UK government. An almost secret business that was consummated last year.
The new administration now plans to offer a commercial service later this fall to northern latitudes – including Britain, Northern Europe, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland and the Arctic Seas – with a complete global launch of connectivity in mid-2012. 2022.The project is so ambitious that CEO Neil Masterson tells BBC News that One Web has “what we call ‘five to 50’ (degrees of latitude). So, there are five launches that we need to do to get this coverage from the south coast of the United Kingdom to the North Pole. By the end of June, we will have completed the launches that will allow us to provide our service. But this year we hope to make between eight and 10 launches in total, “explained Masterson.
BBC News has already confirmed that by the end of March, the UK space agency will have managed to secure a cash inflow of more than 400 million Euros from several technology companies, such as Hughes Network Systems and Softbank.
OneWeb’s plan is similar to that of SpaceX’s Stallink. However, the company confirmed that it intends to send only about 648 satellites at a latitude of 1200 kilometers in orbit to provide the locations that most need Internet service.
With these claims on the part of private companies, critics and analysts are increasingly saying that placing so many devices in space can lead to pollution of the Earth’s orbit.OneWeb has already launched 36 satellites
Unlike SpaceX, OneWeb does not seem to focus on the number of satellites on the Internet.
“We are beginning to think that less is more,” says Chris McLaughlin. “They [SpaceX] they want to put them all in the same place, 550 kilometers away, and they really have no one else in that space “, he added. Something that from a strategic point of view is very good. For this reason, future competitors will have to place their satellites more Soon they will have to have more reception and transmission power.
The race has already started, with OneWeb having been able to send 36 broadband internet satellites into orbit. The new platforms were put into orbit by a Soyuz rocket from Russia’s Far East.
The first additions will already allow engineers to test the new system, promised by the company, to provide broadband internet connections from space.
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