At the OneWeb keynote session during SATELLITE 2019, OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel, accompanied by SoftBank Managing Director Alex Clavel, gave insight into the coming year from a OneWeb point-of-view.
Following the success of the their first test launch in which an Europeanised Soyuz placed six ONEWEB satellites into LEO, and having now completed the in-orbit testing of these satellites, OneWeb feels ready to begin production at their new Florida manufacturing facility. Once this factory gets up to speed – projected for September or October – it is expected to produce two complete units a day.
The speakers also announced that the first fully populated OneWeb Soyuz launch is planned for the end of the year, possibly in November, but likely will take place in December. This launch will reportedly be carrying 35 satellites.