The Roscos Moss Space Agency said that on Thursday, a Soyuz rocket was launched from the Vostokini Cosmodrome in the Russian Far East, carrying 36 British Telecom and Internet satellites.
OneWeb, headquartered in London, is working hard to complete the construction of a low-Earth orbit satellite constellation that will provide countries around the world with enhanced broadband and other services.
The company is competing with technology billionaire Elon Musk (Elon Musk) and Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos (Jeff Bezos) via satellite to provide fast Internet to remote areas of the world.
A picture released by Roscosmos shows the Soyuz rocket taking off under a clear blue sky at 0247 GMT on Thursday morning (8:17 a.m. US Standard Time).
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Roscos Moss said in a statement that the launch and separation were “normal.”
“We can confirm that the sixth separation has been completed. Now we have released more than half of the satellites!” OneWeb Wrote on Twitter.
The British company plans to start its global commercial Internet service next year with the support of approximately 650 satellites.
The first six satellites of OneWeb were launched by a Russian-made Soyuz rocket from the Space Center in Kuru, French Guiana in February 2019.
The company launched another 68 missiles from the Baikanour launch site in Kazakhstan last year, and another 36 missiles from the Vostokny space launch site in December.
The Vostokny launch site is one of Russia’s most important space projects, aimed at reducing dependence on the Baikonur Space Center currently leased by Moscow from Kazakhstan.
Over the years, its construction has been affected by various disputes including corruption, and the project has been behind schedule.
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