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OneWeb to Use SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to Deliver Satellites; Elon Musk Says It will ‘Do the Right Thing’ for Rival

OneWeb is resuming its partnership with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 to launch its satellites and deliver the payload to the low-Earth orbit (LEO) in the coming months. The company previously utilized the Soyuz rocket, but the dispute with Russia and Ukraine gave conflict to all users. 

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that it would “do the right thing” about the launches despite OneWeb being its rival. 

OneWeb thanks SpaceX’s Falcon 9 for Support on Launches

OneWeb vs. Starlink

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A report snippet from Aviation Week’s Senior Space Editor, Irene Klutz, revealed a new statement regarding OneWeb’s partnership and upcoming satellite launch with SpaceX. The London-based company is thanking SpaceX for its support on their satellite launch and missions that will soon happen with the Falcon 9. 

Here, the tech CEO and billionaire Elon Musk said that the company would “do the right thing” for OneWeb despite being SpaceX’s Starlink rival in terms of satellite internet services. Musk considers OneWeb as their competitor as the companies focus on providing the world with a global service that will bring an online service for all. 

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SpaceX’s Starlink and OneWeb’s Rivalry in the Market

SpaceX’s Starlink and OneWeb are rivals in the market, and they compete to give the world an internet connection from the celestial heavens, staying on the LEO for their links. 

Nevertheless, this will not stop SpaceX from providing its service for all, bringing the many space launches as a private company that entities hire for their needs. 

OneWeb and Starlink

OneWeb is a British company that brought its services to the public for satellite internet connections in 2012. Through the years, the company faced several disputes and issues that resulted in the company’s bankruptcy by late 2020. Still, it did not stop them from launching their satellites and continuing their service as it is already operational. 

The London-based company is a direct rival of Starlink, the famous internet satellite service provider under Elon Musk’s group of companies, under the tutelage of SpaceX. The company is expanding its services now, and it recently revealed its plans to bring more ground terminals for the public to use, focusing on a more robust connection for everyone.

SpaceX’s Starlink and OneWeb are direct rivals in the internet industry now, some of the few companies that border on satellites to beam the connection from above. However, this does not stop SpaceX from fulfilling its job as a private space company for hire, mainly as it will carry out the launch missions in the coming moments. 

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Written by Isaiah Richard

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