OneWeb targets aero, maritime markets first; government a new focus; Florida satellite plant opens this month

by Peter B. de Selding

WASHINGTON — Startup broadband satellite constellation operator OneWeb said maritime and aeronautical applications will be its biggest moneymakers early on, followed by government applications as the company focuses on vertical markets before turning to its headline mission of connecting the world’s poor.

In a recurring theme at OneWeb, Chief Executive Adrian Steckel the company has to assure profitability before taking on the more-noble task of fitting rural schools with broadband access.

“Most of the people [at OneWeb] are here to fulfill that mission of [founder] Greg . . .

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