[Via Satellite 08-06-2015] OneWeb has joined the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a U.S.-based trade organization that represents commercial satellite companies on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the industry. OneWeb intends to orbit a constellation of 648 small satellites to provide broadband for rural and underdeveloped locations across the globe.
Earlier this summer the company secured $500 million in a round of funding and announced partnerships with Airbus Group, Intelsat, Hughes Network Systems, Bharti Enterprises, Virgin Group, Qualcomm, Totalplay, and Coca Cola, along with launch agreements with Virgin Galactic and Arianespace. OneWeb has plans to have full series production of its constellation at a dedicated plant in the U.S. through a joint venture with Airbus Defence and Space.
“Our mission, to enable affordable access, requires a global and open dialogue between industry, governments and business on the importance of broadband for education, industrial and civic growth,” said Greg Wyler, CEO and founder of OneWeb. “SIA is an important and open forum to support the use of and help determine the role of satellites in this mission. As a member, OneWeb will also have the opportunity to engage in matters that affect the entire space community.”