OneWeb satellite fails in orbit at 1,200 km, company vows to de-orbit it per French, UK rules

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — One of the 358 OneWeb broadband satellites has failed in its operating orbit of 1,200 kilometers and the company has committed to working with startup debris-removal companies, including Astroscale, to de-orbit it in keeping with French and UK space regulations.

The failure of the satellite, apparently launched in early 2020, has been ascribed to a software glitch that OneWeb believes will not occur on the other satellites launched at the same time because a corrective software patch has been uploaded to these satellites.

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