OneWeb selects Florida’s Space Coast for satellite manufacturing
The company plans to locate a 100,000 square foot satellite manufacturing facility on Florida’s Space Coast at Exploration Park, just south of Kennedy Space Center.
The project will also invest nearly $85 million into the community. OneWeb is working to create a global, satellite based communications network capable of delivering internet connectivity anywhere in the world.
OneWeb, which was founded by technology entrepreneur and former Google executive Greg Wyler, will design, build and launch an extensive network of small, low earth orbit satellites that will enable the delivery of internet services to every corner of the Earth at a low cost.
These small satellites will be manufactured at the Space Coast facility and will be mass produced utilizing fewer components thus making them lighter and easier to launch.
OneWeb has teamed with a number of partners and suppliers to achieve their vision for connectivity.
Airbus Defence and Space will begin by building test satellites at its facility in Toulouse, France; Arianespace and Virgin Galactic will provide launch services support; Hughes Network Systems will build ground monitoring and management hardware; and Intelsat will manage the satellite fleet for the company.
The project was made possible through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Department of Economic Opportunity, Space Florida, Brevard County, The Economic Development Commission, and the North Brevard Economic Development Zone. ■