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O3b expands network to 12 satellites

O3b Networks has announced that it will be adding four more satellites to its Ka-band constellation with a December 18 launch from Le Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) at Kourou in French Guiana.

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The launch will see the third group of four satellites delivered to orbit this year, with successful O3b launches having taken place in both June and July.

Commercial launch provider Arianespace will deliver the O3b satellites into a circular medium earth orbit (MEO) at an altitude of 8062 km using the Russian Soyuz rocket.

The orbit is four times closer to earth than traditional geostationary (GEO) satellites, and O3b says this will deliver performance benefits due to lower latency.

“We are excited to be launching our third set of satellites ahead of schedule,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks.

“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”

The satellites will begin their journey from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome to the launch site in early November.

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