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What will happen to the satellites that are already in orbit? Will SpaceX buy them?
 

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They are hoping to be able to reorganise under bankruptcy protection. Failing that, the UK government will have to assume responsibility for the deployed satellites in the short-term. Long term? I'm not sure if anyone really knows in the current circumstances.
 

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What will happen to the satellites that are already in orbit? Will SpaceX buy them?

That would generate quite a few headaches trying to integrate them into SpaceX's organization: these sats are likely to use different command & control and communications standards to what SpaceX uses. When you consider that 74 sats is a tiny number compared to the number SpaceX are cranking out, it might be more trouble than it's worth.
 

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A few older posts from other threads.

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ORIGINAL CAPTION: The forthcoming Ariane 6 rocket would be used at a later stage to replenish the satellite fleet

OneWeb satellite operator eyes huge rocket campaign (BBC NEWS)



On a related note, meant to add this ages ago:

I thought there was a dedicated thread for OneWeb but apparently not. I'll park this here for the moment, since it does impact SpaceX, and set up an OneWeb thread later.


 

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Wouldn't it be a good bargain for a quick first step to sovereign access to space? The private partnership would retake gradual control once a better system is up taking advantage of gov quick investments to secure ownership.
1/2 billion pounds doesn't seem like a money pit.
 

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Wouldn't it be a good bargain for a quick first step to sovereign access to space? The private partnership would retake gradual control once a better system is up taking advantage of gov quick investments to secure ownership.
1/2 billion pounds doesn't seem like a money pit.

OneWeb doesn't have launch services; they still need to buy actual access to space from someone else. At this point that means Roscosmos, which at least has an absurd backstock of launch vehicles stored. But far from soverign access.
 

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no, the OneWeb sats are not navigation satellites, they lack essential equipment like the atomic clock. The constellation is also in too low an orbit to be useful for navigation.
 

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The key name here is the one I’ve bolded in this quote.

Whatever the future direction, space now has a seat at the top table. A new UK Space Council is being chaired by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the sector has the personal interest of Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's top adviser. The Government’s overarching goal remains a 10pc share of the £400bn space economy by 2030.
 

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