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SoftBank's $1bn lights fire under satellite constellation

Son changes tack and targets startups, like OneWeb, in later stages

Earth as seen from the International Space Station: OneWeb's satellites will be orbiting three times higher.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Inside Airbus' plant in the south of France, workers dressed in cleanroom suits are piecing together satellites by hand. The installation of each part represents a small step toward a giant communications leap -- a prospect that has attracted some of the biggest stars in business, from Richard Branson to SoftBank Group Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son.

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