Atos and OneWeb Satellites make the world first mass-production of satellites real

Atos is supporting OneWeb in the successful launch of 6 satellites on February 27th, providing all the Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) equipment while achieving the world’s first massproduction of satellites.

Atos supports the OneWeb Constellation Program primed by Airbus OneWeb Satellites*, that consists of the design, development and manufacturing and test of more than 600 satellites which would provide affordable high-speed Internet access across the globe. The challenge is immense as satellites have never been mass-produced to this extent before. The demand to produce several small satellites a day and bridge the digital divide by 2027 are what inspired the Airbus OneWeb Satellites team to develop innovative designs and processes that could lower the costs with large volumes for high-performance space applications.

Atos ensures optimal satellites performance with its integrated suite of electrical satellite testing solutions Atos EGSE suite of solutions enables satellites to be tested on the ground prior to launch to prevent or fix any issues and make sure all requirements are met, thus reducing the strategic and financial impact of a potential single faulty component.

With the delivery of 80 EGSE systems for the Airbus OneWeb Satellites’ Toulouse and Florida production lines, Atos is Airbus OneWeb Satellites’ largest and preferred supplier for Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE).

Atos partners with its client OneWeb Satellites to take up the challenge of mass-producing EGSEs for the first time.

OneWeb Satellites achieves the world’s first mass-production of satellites with Atos By optimising Atos’ leading power supply product line ProUSTuniverSAS to an unprecedented level of integration and power density, this world-first was made possible. UniverSAS substitutes many types of power test equipment and has a vast electrical parameter envelope, standardized to a single device.

As the space industry enters a new era of cost consciousness, improving the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) - via a dense footprint, a simplified service and an increased availability - was at the forefront of the development effort. The result achieved by Atos is revolutionary, with a device that redefines the capability of spacecraft and satellite power testing systems.

Hans-Martin Steiner, Atos Space and Avionics CTO, said: “Huge congratulations to OneWeb for the successful launch. We are delighted to be part of the evolution of the leading edge technology of today. The Atos team has worked tremendously hard to overcome the challenges of delivering in a short timescale a large amount of EGSEs.”


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