One might expect a sense of nervousness in the air at a launch party of such magnitude. I suppose it’s a testament to the ability of all involved at OneWeb that when they called it a launch party, they meant it. Cakes emblazoned with quotes of ‘Responsible Space’ and ‘Space for Everyone’, reaffirming their commitment to bring positive change worldwide and beyond; C-level and VP individuals, seasoned and experienced, enjoying drinks and conversations with junior engineers, dynamic and driven; OneWeb were ready to take the next step in their game-changing journey.
It’s a turbulent industry and all companies involved in this mega constellation race have experienced their own hardships, enough for some to be their ruin. Nothing is guaranteed and for OneWeb this launch had been a long time coming. If there was a sense of relief, it was a case of being able to finally mark a new chapter at the company. With all 34 satellites later being successful in signal acquisition, bringing them now up to 40 in orbit and boasting a 100% success rate, so began the next step in the new space race. It is quite a milestone indeed, company and industry wide, for OneWeb to have launched their first large-scale batch of satellites, and with many more to come, the battle for global connectivity is heating up.
Among the many great things to do with this launch, what was really a joy to see was the wonderful diversity of the OneWeb team - truly global, like their coverage; junior and senior, multi-national, each with a role to play, each with a story to tell, all together, sharing a much-deserved sense of pride and achievement in their work. Each and every OneWeb individual has made, in some form or another, an important impact to reach this point in their collective journey, and their stories are far from finished. CIO Vikas Grover marked the occasion with a delightful speech before all then turned their attention to the launch itself, as we witnessed OneWeb’s precious cargo head to their new home above us.
A personal pleasure for ourselves at neuco was being able to meet the many individuals we have placed in their NOC team, all of whom have clearly grown exponentially during their time with OneWeb and were visibly filled with a sense of community and achievement. It is a real privilege to say that we at neuco have been able to aid OneWeb in shaping the future of global connectivity and we look forward to our continued partnership.
The debate about who will come out on top in this mega constellation battle is one for another day, all we can say for now is that this launch marked a substantial step forward in this new space race and ultimately announced the realisation of a OneWeb dream; a company who have been meticulously planning, designing, manufacturing and testing their technology for several years now. Their hard work will soon pay off because their hard work now has lift off!