products utilized on high profile missions such as the first 6 OneWeb satellites which were launched early in 2019.
South African newspace company, NewSpace Systems (PTY) Ltd, has ramped up
and successfully maintained the high-volume production necessitated to support the
OneWeb programme in 2019.
The privately-owned manufacturer of “lean”, high-quality space components and sub-
systems was contracted by Airbus OneWeb Satellites Company in 2016, to supply
magnetorquer rods for its IoT constellation.
In a release published last week, NewSpace Systems congratulated the British European
the aerospace company on achieving their ambitious goal of manufacturing 2 satellites a day.
OneWeb sets to launch its next batch of 34 satellites from the Kazakhstan launch facility at Baikonur towards the end of this month. The launches will be facilitated by Arianespace.
The French satellite launch provider has contracts for about approximately 20 further launches and to place an initial 672 satellites into Low Earth Orbit. These
launches will take place in Baikonur as well as French Guiana and Russia’s Vostochny
OneWeb’s Florida branch is also reported to have also commenced the manufacturing of
two satellites every day with an estimated number of 15 satellites a week, totalling about 700 satellites in a year.
NewSpace also hinted that it grew its team and nearly doubled its turnover in the past year as a result of its efforts in scaling and supporting their customers’ aspirations. Last year, the company secured America’s Oakman Aerospace ACORN platform for space mission design and signed a major deal to supply 5 out of 6 core products to an undisclosed national space agency in Asia. Currently, it supplies products and services to over 60 clients and 11 national space agencies in 5 continents.
With its readiness to support its clients even more in 2020, we anticipate greater
milestones for the company as the year rolls out.
Ogechi Onuoha is a Cambridge Certified ESOL editor with a background in reporting, international relations, creative writing and adept in industry research and analysis. She is passionate about curating and evaluating the benefits/relevance of space to grassroots development and women’s participation in the space sector.