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OneWeb on schedule for autumn launches

May 21, 2019

By Chris Forrester

According to Russia’s Sputnik news agency the first OneWeb satellites that will be launched by Soyuz-2 rockets from the Baikonur cosmodrome are on schedule for delivery to the launch site late summer or early autumn. Launches are currently planned to start in December with each rocket carrying 35 per month.

“Deliveries of OneWeb satellites to the Baikonur cosmodrome will start in late summer or early fall of 2019, and [subsequent deliveries] to the Vostochny cosmodrome [will begin] in early 2020,” Sputnik states quoting an unnamed source at Baikonur.

In 2015, Russian Space Agency Roscosmos signed contracts with OneWeb and France’s Arianespace to carry out a total of 21 commercial launches from French Guiana’s Kourou, as well as Russia’s Baikonur and Vostochny spaceports, to send 672 satellites to space with the help of Soyuz rockets.

OneWeb has already stated that it will start commercial services in 2021.

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