OneWeb Launch #16 (Falcon 9)
9 December 2023
Space Launch Complex 40
Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the OneWeb Launch #16 mission to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 11:50 p.m. on 9 January 2023. Following stage separation, the first stage landed at Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched CRS-26.

A time-lapse of the launch taken with an antique fisheye lens showing the launch, first stage entry burn, and landing burn.
Booster separation brings on a light show of interacting exhaust plumes between the first and second stage boosters with the second stage continuing on into orbit and the first stage conducting the boostback burn to head for Landing Zone 1.
First stage entry burn.
First stage landing burn with deployment of landing legs.
Touchdown at Landing Zone 1!

OneWeb today confirmed the successful deployment of 40 satellites launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. This launch is OneWeb’s 16th to-date, with only two more launches remaining to complete its first-generation constellation enabling global connectivity in 2023.

Lift-off took place on Sunday, 9 January 2023 at 11:50 p.m. ET (local). OneWeb’s satellites separated successfully from the rocket and were dispensed in three phases over a period of 1 hour and 35 minutes, with signal acquisition on all 40 satellites confirmed.

With 542 satellites now in orbit, OneWeb has more than 80% of its first-generation constellation launched. With this launch, OneWeb kicks-off its ‘Countdown to Global Connectivity’ campaign marking the final launches remaining to complete its first-generation LEO satellite constellation that will offer high-speed, low latency connectivity solutions.

OneWeb has connectivity solutions active today with its distribution partners in Alaska, Canada, the UK, Greenland and wider Arctic area, with expanded services coming online soon across the U.S, Southern Europe, Australia, Middle East and more. With each new area covered, OneWeb and its partners can provide internet connectivity to a greater number of unserved and underserved rural and remote communities and businesses.

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