Space satellite firm breaks ground on $85M Brevard factory

Last Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 5:39 PM EDT

An aerospace manufacturer with big plans to produce hundreds of satellites on the Space Coast — and bringing hundreds of jobs to the area — will soon open for business.

  • OneWeb will make satellites on the Space Coast
  • Firm's 1st order of 900 satellites is for Airbus
  • Company broke ground on new factory

OneWeb Satellites marked the beginning of construction of its $85 million factory in the Kennedy Space Center Exploration Park on Thursday.

The first order of 900 communications satellites is for Airbus, the world's second-largest space company.

The company expects to manufacture several of them a week.

Once in orbit, the constellation will provide internet service for billions globally.

An estimated 250 Space Coast jobs will be created, with thousands of indirect jobs across the country.

The first satellites are expected to launch from the Space Coast in 2018.