Yesterday O3b Networks (Other 3 billion), the satellite internet provider, launched another 4 satellites from Arianespace’s French Guiana’s spaceport on flight VS0.courtesy of a Soyuz 2 rocket. These 4 will now go through a period of in-orbit testing before being fully integrated into the O3b network.
We reckon that following the initial launch, just over a year ago, this brings their total to 8. Their next launch is due in early 2015 and we will report back thereafter.
It does look to us as if this venture, already backed, to the extent of over $1.3 billion ( we wonder if they will aim at $3 billion for symmetry reasons) is commercially sound and could well be used by Google (who are an investor) in furtherance of their extra terrestrial activities.
We’ll leave you with one of their launch/ promotional videos