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All 34 OneWeb Satellites Launched Using Russian Soyuz Rocket Now in Orbit

© Sputnik / Press Service of the State Corporation "Roscosmos" / Go to the photo bankThe launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 36 OneWeb spacecraft on board from the launch pad of the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region.
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 36 OneWeb spacecraft on board from the launch pad of the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur Region. - Sputnik International, 1920, 22.08.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - All 34 British OneWeb satellites launched from the Baikonur space center using the Russian Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket are now in orbit, a spokesperson of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, told Sputnik.
"Separation [from the Fregat booster] has been confirmed for all 34 space vehicles," the spokesperson said in the early hours of Sunday.
The Soyuz rocket carrying OneWeb satellites blasted off from Baikonur at 01:13 Moscow time on Sunday, August 22 (22:13 GMT on Saturday), according to Roscosmos. The launch was initially planned for August 20, but was postponed twice.
A Russian Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with 34 British OneWeb satellites has been successfully launched from the Baikonur space centre, according to the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.08.2021
Russian Soyuz Carrier Rocket With 34 OneWeb Satellites Launched From Baikonur
The British OneWeb constellation now consists of 288 satellites. OneWeb eventually plans to have about 650 broadband spacecraft in low Earth orbit.
In June, a space industry source told Sputnik that one of the four launches of British OneWeb communications satellites from the Baikonur space center planned for 2021 had been postponed until next year. According to another source, the postponed launch should be compensated for by an additional launch of OneWeb satellites from the Vostochny spaceport in October of this year.
The next launch of OneWeb satellites from Baikonur is planned for September.
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