Volga Dnepr Transports 6 Satellites for OneWeb
One of the world’s leading air cargo transportation companies for the movements of oversized and super heavy cargo, Volga Dnepr Airlines recently completed the first delivery of satellites for the OneWeb constellation project.
For this interstellar project, Volga Dnepr worked in conjunction with their official logistics partner, France-based Bolloré Logistics. A Volga Dnepr An-124-100 freighter delivered six satellites from their manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France, to Cayenne in French Guiana. The six satellites were transported in two specialized containers with the total payload weighing approximately 30 tonnes.
Upon arrival in French Guiana, the satellites were then transported to the launch site in Kourou. The first satellite is expected to launch in the middle of February 2019 and will operate in an in near-polar, 1,200km LEO orbit.
Volga Dnepr Group Global Director for Aerospace, Axel Kaldschmidt said, “As an air cargo operator, we understand all too well how important stable internet access is, with customers relying on real-time cargo shipment data, airline specialists communicating through internet systems to guarantee cost-effective and timely deliveries, and innovative technologies being facilitated through the development of internet solutions. We are, therefore, especially honored to be part of the OneWeb constellation project, which will enhance the quality of life for customers globally.”
This is not the first time Volga Dnepr have transported such delicate cargo, in 2018 the company transported over 55 satellites and ancillary equipment to aid the space industry.