For OneWeb, technology challenge may pale next to regulatory hurdles

by Peter B. de Selding

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — For broadband satellite internet constellation OneWeb, packing a high-throughput payload into a 150-kilogram satellite package and launching 650 of them on 21 Russian Soyuz rockets by the end of 2019 might end up being much easier than getting regulatory approval to operate worldwide.

OneWeb’s predecessors, including mobile satellite service providers Inmarsat, Iridium, Globalstar and Thuraya could probably confirm that regulations, not technology, is the long pole in the tent for global operators.

Sasha Field, OneWeb’s deputy general counsel, is in the thick . . .

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