All 34 UK OneWeb satellites have been successfully put into target orbit after being launched from the Baikonur space center using the Russian Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle and the Fregat upper stage, Russia’s Roscosmos state space corporation told Sputnik.
“All 34 satellites have separated,” Roscosmos said.
The launch was the 15th launch of Russian space rockets in 2021. In total, as Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin said earlier, 29 Russian space launches are planned for this year.
The OneWeb constellation is designed to provide commercial satellite communication services beginning from late 2021. At the end of the next year, the company plans to ensure broadband internet access to users from around the globe by fully covering the Earth’s surface with 648 satellites.