OneWeb and Starlink are currently flying test satellites.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb, a company founded in 2012 that will deploy and operate a constellation of up to 900 low-earth orbit satellites providing global high-speed internet access. OneWeb Satellites factories are based in Toulouse (France) and Merritt Island, Exploration Park (Florida, USA).   These mass-produced satellites will be launched into the first mass-produced Low Earth Orbit constellation at 1,200km altitude.   Serving fixed and mobility markets including maritime, aviation, enterprise, land mobility and government – civilian, military and humanitarian.

Starlink is a being constructed by SpaceX to provide satellite Internet access.   The constellation will consist of thousands of mass-produced small satellites, working in combination with ground transceivers. SpaceX also plans to sell some of the satellites for military, scientific or exploratory purposes.     Starlink constellation, phase 1, first orbital shell consists of approximately 1,600 satellites at 550 km altitude

As of May 2019, SpaceX has deployed 62 satellites. They plan to deploy 60 more per launch, at a rate of one launch every two weeks beginning in November 2019. In total, nearly 12,000 satellites will be deployed by the mid-2020s, with a possible later extension to 42,000.  The initial 12,000 satellites are planned to orbit in three orbital shells: first placing approximately 1,600 in a 550-kilometer (340 mi)-altitude shell, then approximately 2,800 Ku– and Ka-band spectrum satellites at 1,150 km (710 mi) and approximately 7,500 V-band satellites at 340 km (210 mi).  Commercial operation could begin in 2020.

Project Brief
Date: February 4, 2020 Time: 12:30 pm - 12:45 pm Leena Pivovarova
NSR Analyst

Northern Sky Research - NSR