Volga-Dnepr Airlines along with partner Bolloré Logistics has successfully completed the delivery of six satellites for the OneWeb constellation project using an AN-124-100.
The satellites were transported from their manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France, to Cayenne in French Guiana 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.
“As an air cargo operator, we understand all too well how important stable internet access is,” says Axel Kaldschmidt, global director Aerospace of Volga-Dnepr Group. He highlights 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 honoured to be part of the OneWeb constellation project, which will enhance the quality of life for customers globally,” Kaldschmidt adds.
Volga-Dnepr Airlines has been operating its unique fleet of An-124-100 and Il-76TD-90VD freighters for more than 29 years, providing dedicated airlift for project shipments for various industries, including the aerospace, oil and gas, energy, automotive and humanitarian sectors, and others. In 2018, the company performed more than 55 flights carrying satellites and related equipment, contributing to the development of the space industry.