UK mulls OneWeb stake to build satellite navigation system: Page 2 of 2

June 30, 2020 // By Nick Flaherty
UK mulls OneWeb stake to build satellite navigation system
A £500m deal for 20 percent stake in ailing satellite operator OneWeb would aim to develop a global positioning system but raises technology and manufacturing questions.

This is building the first constellation of 650 satellites and scaling to 1,980 satellites, although there is also a satellite production line at Airbus in Toulouse, France (shown above).

One of the key requirements of the rescue will be to bring the satellite manufacturing to the UK. However setting up a new production line will be costly and take time, and the restructuring may not support such a move despite the political motivation.

The UK government has long been involved with the development of OneWeb. Back in February 2019 the UK government awarded an £18m grant to the company via UK Space and the European Space Agency.

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