OneWeb eyes Space Coast for satellite factory

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A company with plans to launch a mega-constellation of 900 small satellites to expand high-speed Internet access around the globe is considering building the spacecraft here on the Space Coast.

Sources confirmed OneWeb, which has partnered with Airbus Defense and Space to build the satellites, is the venture that Space Florida last week said was contemplating a “major aerospace presence” in Florida.

During a board meeting in Tallahassee that referred only to the potential deal’s code name, Project Sabal, Space Florida said the company wanted to build a $36 million manufacturing facility and could bring 250 jobs with an average salary of $86,000.