September 23, 2019: OneWeb and the Large Constellation

  • September 23, 2019
  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 210 Robeson Hall
  • Dr. Morgan Baldwin, OneWeb
  • Faculty Host: Dr. Jonathan Black

Abstract: OneWeb is a telecommunications company who is building the world's first global communications network in space to deliver high-throughput, high-speed services capable of connecting everywhere, to everyone. OneWeb is doing this by launching and operating a constellation of 650 satellites while leading the way in Responsible Space Practices. Specifically, great care has been taken to design the constellation such that collision risk is minimized and efficient deorbit is maximized.  This seminar will give an overview of OneWeb and its mission, describe the satellites OneWeb operates, give a description of the constellation with an overview of its design principles, and conclude with an overview of how OneWeb operates this large constellation in a cost-effective fashion.

Bio: Morgan Baldwin graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with degrees in Ocean Engineering and Mathematics. She received an M.E. in Aerospace Engineering (2008), an M.S. in Applied Mathematics (2007), and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University (2010). She joined the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, NM in 2010 as a Research Aerospace Engineer. Her main research interests include guidance, navigation, and control of spacecraft. In May of 2018, Morgan joined OneWeb’s Fleet Management Segment as a Senior Satellite Subsystem Engineer.  At OneWeb, Morgan’s responsibilities include serving as the spacecraft Subject Matter Expert and leading in-orbit test campaigns and anomaly investigations.