UK still not clear on how it’ll use OneWeb; says EU deal on Copernicus contribution is slipping away

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Fifteen months after it joined India’s Bharti to purchase the OneWeb broadband constellation out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the British government is relieved that its $500 million investment has risen in value but appears as uncertain as ever about what to do with it.

A fresh crop of government officials, no longer worried they would be personally blamed if the investment had gone sour, still looks at OneWeb as a grab bag of future missions including positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), military communications and Earth observation.

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