Volga-Dnepr transports 6 satellites for OneWeb constellation project
Jan 31, 2019: Volga-Dnepr Airlines operated a charter flight with its An-124-100 freighter to transport satellites for the OneWeb constellation project.
The Russian all cargo airline, in co-operation with its partner, Bollore Logistics, delivered six satellites from their manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France, to Cayenne in French Guiana.
The satellites were transported in two special containers, with an overall payload of approximately 30 tonnes.
Volga-Dnepr's specialists organised the most effective transportation with a direct charter flight ensuring a timely delivery as well as ensuring all six satellites were shipped with the upmost care to South America.
On arrival in French Guiana, OneWeb's sophisticated equipment was delivered to its final point of destination in Kourou, with the first satellite launch scheduled for the middle of February. The satellites will operate in near-polar, 1,200km LEO orbit.
Axel Kaldschmidt, Global Director Aerospace of Volga-Dnepr Group 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."