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Sir Richard Branson is going to build the world’s largest satellite constellation

Sir Richard Branson is joining the movement to bring high speed internet and communications to billions of people who don’t currently have access. Much like Facebook and Google, Virgin will launch new technology through OneWeb Ltd, which will build, launch and operate the world’s largest ever satellite network. Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne programme will help make it possible with frequent satellite launches at a much lower cost and with greater reliability.

Virgin Galactic has always planned to build a commercial spaceline that can create positive change back on earth. Well, both human spaceflight and the satellite constellation have the potential to transform lives in ways that almost no other companies have done before. If you want to join the amazing team to help make all this happen, Virgin Galactic are now hiring for LauncherOne and beyond.

We have the biggest order ever for putting satellites into space. By the time our second constellation is developed, the company will have more launched more satellites than there currently are in the sky.

The Virgin Group and Qualcomm Incorporated are the principle investors in OneWeb Ltd and I am looking forward to sitting alongside OneWeb Ltd Founder Greg Wyler and Qualcomm Chairman Dr Paul Jacobs on the company’s board. I take my hat off to Greg for his vision in creating this satellite constellation and his persistence. I can’t wait to see us turn it into reality.

According to the International Telecommunications Union, as of the end of 2014, more than half the world’s population lacks internet access – this new satellite constellation could dramatically improve that figure, bringing fresh opportunities to the billions of people who are currently held back by a lack of technology.

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