The first of OneWeb’s 21 Soyuz launches took place Feb. 27, carrying the first six OneWeb satellites into low Earth orbit. Subsequent missions are expected to carry 30 or more satellites at a time to build out a minimum constellation of 648 satellites. Credit: Arianespace
U.S. Air Force officials met in February with SpaceX founder Elon Musk and President Gwynne Shotwell at the company’s headquarters. Among the topics discussed was future Air Force use of SpaceX’s Starlink broadband services. Credit: Air Force Air Combat Command
Gilat VSAT - Optus SC 4
A NASA artist's concept depicts satellites and debris orbiting Earth. Credit: NASA graphic
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“No one has a higher vested interest in keeping their orbits clean than large constellations.” Ted Muelhaupt, The Aerospace
Corporation. Credit: iStock illustration
From left to right: Dave Helfgott, CEO of Phasor; John Finney, CEO of Isotropic Systems; Nathan Kundtz, CEO of Kymeta; Esat Sibay, chief financial officer of Alcan Systems; Leslie Klein, CEO of C-Com; and Nir Sharvit, Gilat’s director of radio-frequency integrated circuits and antenna technologies. Credit: SpaceNews
Projects like LEOSat's planned constellation of 84 broadband satellites in low Earth orbit are driving investments in flat panel antenna technology. Credit: Thales Alenia Space
ThinKom antennas
Eric Béranger
Speaking at Satellite Innovation 2018 in Mountain View, California, Chris Quilty, Quilty Analytics president, and Nick Flitterman, Portland Advisers co-founder and telecommunications head, discussed demand for satellite megaconstellations. Credit: SpaceNews/Debra Werner
Eric Béranger relinquished his role as chief executive of OneWeb last week, splitting responsibilities with the company’s new CEO Adrian Steckel (SpaceNews/Brian Berger)
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OW-V OneWeb Constellation

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