OneWeb goes head-to-head with Elon Musk’s satellite

SpaceX rival OneWeb has opened its constellation to 146 satellites that transmit the internet down to Earth.

Starlink is a satellite constellation construction plan underway by SpaceX to produce a low-cost, high-performance spacecraft bus and necessary customer area transceivers to achieve a new spaceborne Internet communication mode.

SpaceX has confirmed that it will contribute up to 1 Gbit/s of bandwidth with latencies between 25 and 35 milliseconds. According to FCC calculations, SpaceX’s coverage will be similar to cable and fiber, while current satellite broadband networks have latencies of 600 ms or more.

This assignment would test the satellites’ technical capability to the full. SpaceX anticipates problems along the way, but the lessons learned would be critical in creating a potential broadband infrastructure that is both competitive and secure.

Parameters of the spacecraft

A spacecraft’s parameters are as follows: A flat-panel configuration incorporates multiple high-throughput antennas and a single solar array. The spacecraft weighs 227 kilograms. Crypton hall-effect channels when the reaction mass shifts the orbital path retains altitude and deorbiting.

The 60 satellites deployed by Starlink V1.0 on 11 November 2019 display the following: The two components will burn rapidly in the Earth’s environment after every lifecycle of the satellite. The mixture was introduced to the ka-band. The spacecraft weighs 260 kilograms.

OneWeb, a space-based broadband operator, successfully deployed another 36 satellites, bringing the firm closer to launching initial coverage from its expanding orbital network.

Both OneWeb and SpaceX constellations of the form Starlink provide Internet service from space across the globe and are faced by multiple satellites throughout the low-earth orbit.

Notwithstanding the parallels, one web managing director Neil Masterson, who joined the corporation in November last year, does not consider Elon Musk’s space sector a direct competitor.

Both Musk and Bezos would like to set them up at a distance of 550 km in the same place with nobody on their way, McLaughlin says. According to McLaughlin, this is the second of five OneWeb launches this year, which will provide internet links to the poles down to the 50th latitude. Often included are the North countries of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia, and northern Europe.

The workings of OneWeb’s technologies

Musk’s SpaceX, on the other hand, uses satellite internet to target customers specifically. It currently has over 10,000 users and expects to add moving vehicles such as trucks and planes to Starlink shortly. 

The $499 Starlink package, which includes a tripod, a wifi router, and a terminal, can be set up from the comfort of one’s own home.

“We’re not going to give you a package and instruct you to put it together,” McLaughlin said. Instead of a satellite dish, OneWeb users can have a wifi antenna installed on their home.

OneWeb, like Starlink, will be a part of the UK government’s $6.9 billion Project Gigabit internet program. That seeks to provide better internet to more than 1 million homes and businesses in remote areas. On 22 March, SpaceX allegedly met with a UK minister for talks.


Image courtesy of OneWeb/YouTube Screenshot

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