Saturday, October 22, 2022

Carpet Satellites

Just watched the launch of a batch of OneWeb satellites.  Frankly, I'd never heard of the company before today.  They're using an Indian rocket to launch them. 

Their Wikipedia article describes a conglomerate of government entities and quasi-national corporations which own the company.  Although the article claims its service is intended primarily for governments, business and defense, the promotional video before the launch implies that its customer base is essentially the same as Spacex's Starlink, which would be individuals without easy access.

I don't remember hearing any complaints about the number of satellites they're launching.  As a matter of fact, until today, I didn't even know they'd been launching them.  Today was the 14th launch of multiple satellites.

The launch seemed to go 'normally,' as one of the robotic announcers continued to repeat.