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OneWeb will mass-produce historic number of satellites with new Florida factory

OneWeb Satellites, the joint venture between OneWeb LLC and Airbus Defense and Space, has selected Florida to be the home of their satellite manufacturing facility. Located in Exploration Park near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the factory will turn out most of OneWeb’s 900 satellites that will be used to provide global Internet coverage.

 

Under a partnership between the State of Florida and Space Florida, OneWeb Satellites will invest about $80 million into the manufacturing facility. As part of the deal, the Florida Department of Transportation will match $17.5 million worth for the development of the plant itself during the construction phase.

With an initial constellation of 648 satellites that could ultimately grow to 900 satellites — the largest constellation in history — OneWeb hopes to bring Internet to the entire planet.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: techcrunch.com

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