OneWeb puts 36 satellites into orbit to provide high-speed global Internet access

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The British technology company OneWeb shot 36 communications satellites into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, as live broadcasts showed.

OneWeb has launched satellites into orbit as part of its plans to provide high-speed global Internet access.

Mission accomplished!

We are very pleased to have concluded the year with another successful start, with all 36 satellites in contact. We have now started over 60% of our constellation!

Thanks to all of our team and our sales partners for a great year! Https: //t.co/jn9YhCSlJe pic.twitter.com/vue4UBQW4I

– OneWeb (@OneWeb) December 27, 2021

“Launch # 12 is the last of eight launches planned for 2021 by OneWeb with launch partner Arianespace,” the company said on its website. The French space company Arianespace, Oneweb and the Russian space agency Roscosmos all broadcast the launch.

Earlier this year, OneWeb said a launch from Russia’s Far East would allow it to offer anywhere north of the 50th parallel.

OneWeb has listed the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the continental US, the Arctic Sea, and Canada as areas that should have full connectivity.

The satellites launched with a Soyuz 2.1b rocket would be separated in stages, according to the Interfax news agency.

OneWeb resumed flights last December after exiting bankruptcy protection with a rupee 1 billion equity stake from a consortium of the UK government and India’s Bharti Enterprises, its new owners.

It has also received investments from Japan’s Softbank and Eutelsat Communications, as well as other funding from Bharti. OneWeb has secured a total of $ 2.4 billion.

© Thomson Reuters 2021

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