34 OneWeb UK sats launched from Baikonur
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The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat-M booster and 34 OneWeb satellites has been launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Inform.kz reports.
The launch took place at the appointed time, February 7, 2020, at 03.42 a.m. Nur-Sultan’s time.
Roscosmos conducted a live broadcast of the launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
40 minutes before the launch, Roscosmos-TV presented video clips on preparations for launching satellites in Baikonur, interviews with specialists on Roskosmos cooperation with representatives of the British company One Web, live broadcasts from the 31st launch pad of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
OneWeb low-orbit spacecraft are designed to provide high-speed Internet directly via satellite. OneWeb intends to deploy around 600 satellites on the Earth's orbit and to provide a 24-hour coverage of the Earth by 2021.
The first six OneWeb satellites were launched from the Guiana space center on a Soyuz-ST rocket on February 28, 2019. Launches are planned from Baikonur, Vostochny and from the Guiana spaceports.