Date for third O3b launch set for December 2014

Date for third O3b launch set for December 2014Company ahead of schedule as it expands network to 12 satellites

 

O3b announces that the launch of its third group of 4 satellites from Le Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) at Kourou in French Guiana, has been scheduled for December 18, 2014.

The satellites will begin their journey from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome to the launch site in early November.  Once the launch is successfully completed, the company will have 12 satellites in orbit.

Arianespace will deliver the O3b satellites into a circular orbit at an altitude of 8062 km with the latest Soyuz launch from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, an orbit that is 4 times closer to the earth than traditional geostationary satellites, providing O3b customers with substantial performance benefits due to lower latency or delay.

O3b Networks launched commercial service on its state-of-the-art constellation across the Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in September this year and is already delivering more than 4 Gbps of high quality connectivity to customers across the globe.

 

Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks said:

“We are excited to be launching our third set of satellites ahead of schedule.  The speed of our connections and the applications that we are able to support across our low-latency network are driving incredibly strong demand across all segments.   These additional satellites will provide more capacity and drive even higher performance.”

“2014 has been a massively exciting year for O3b, the year in which we launched commercial service and started to truly deliver on the promise that we have made to our customers.  Launching before the end of the year will set us up for a spectacular 2015.”

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