Subscribe Free
in Space

Airbus and OneWeb Satellites start serial production

Posted 28 June 2017 · Add Comment

OneWeb Satellites has inaugurated its assembly line at Airbus' manufacturing facility in Toulouse to begin end-to-end validation, testing, and integration of its first satellites set for launch in just over nine months.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb, a global communications company whose mission is to provide affordable Internet access to everyone on Earth, and Airbus Defence and Space with its first order to include the production of 900 communications satellites for OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite fleet.

The 4,600 square meters Toulouse facility will serve to validate the production methods necessary to manufacture high-performance satellites at a scale never achieved before, de-risk any potential issues, and lay the framework for the larger multi-line OneWeb Satellites factory near the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The initial 10 pilot and Toulouse-built satellites, after having undergone a comprehensive set of tests, will become the first of OneWeb’s fleet.

Benefitting from the industrial and space expertise at Airbus, this assembly line will include state-of-the-art automation, test equipment and data acquisition capabilities to shorten assembly times and provide means to analyze factory performance and process improvements. These satellites will provide valuable in-orbit data to confirm the design of the spacecraft and proceed with fine tune adjustments if necessary. They will also enable nearly real-time detection and correction of any anomalies in the manufacturing process.

“We have just about nine months until the first of our fleet launches into orbit,” said Greg Wyler, Founder and Chairman of OneWeb. “Then, if all goes well, we will begin the world’s largest launch campaign, sending new satellites up every 21 days, and building not just a fleet but a digital bridge to enable affordable broadband access for the billions of unconnected around the world.”

As well as building the fleet of satellites, OneWeb Satellites will provide customised versions of these ultra-high performance satellites, platforms and core technologies to Airbus to support their third party sales to other commercial and government operators globally. The mini-satellites, coming from the huge production line, will enable new cost and performance paradigms for those looking to benefit from the advantages satellites can bring to Earth observation, sensor and telecommunications markets. 

“Providing global internet access with the OneWeb satellites is a daring mission, which we’re very excited to be a part of”, said Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus. “Airbus thrives on innovation and innovation is at the core of this joint endeavor with OneWeb. Never before have high quality satellites been produced at such little cost, at such a fast pace and in such high quantities. As such, OneWeb is truly a transformational project – not just for Airbus but for the space industry as a whole.”

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Embraer foresees demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 Seats over next 20 years

Embraer forecasts demand for 10,550 new aircraft with up to 150 seats worldwide, worth USD 600 billion, over the next 20 years. The in-service fleet is set to increase to 16,000 aircraft, up from the 9,000 aircraft currently in operation.

Gulfstream G500 completes high-speed world tour

Gulfstream Aerospace has announced the all- new Gulfstream G500 recently wrapped up its world tour after flying nearly 130,000 nautical miles/240,760 kilometers, stopping at 44 cities and visiting 18 countries on six continents in

Emirates receives IATA 753 compliance certification for baggage

Emirates has been awarded IATA 753 compliance certification for its baggage operation in its home base of Dubai.

FIA2018: Wataniya Airways to add 25 A320neo

At the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) today, Rakan Al-Tuwaijri, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Falcon Aviation - the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya Airways - and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer,

Flight Fan-tastic?

The XTI Aircraft Company exhibited a one-third scale model of its planned TriFan 600 aircraft at the inaugural Kuwait Aviation Show in January 2018, as part of the company’s ambitious equity-based crowdsourced funding campaign. Jon

FIA 2018: Qatar Airways finalise order for Five 777 freighters

Boeing and Qatar Airways finalised an order for five 777 Freighters at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. The deal, valued at $1.7 billion at current list prices, was announced as a commitment in April.

TAA SK0902311218
See us at
GATM BT1004061118Istanbul Airshow BT22018MAPS18_BT1207131118Cargo BT1004091018Aviation Africa BT0607280219MEBAA BT1004121218AIME19BTA3005120219ASDubai BT1004091018BIAS BT271017161118