Date of first launch of British OneWeb satellites from Baikonur announced
British communications satellites OneWeb will be launched for the first time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on or about December 19, a spokesman for the Russian Space Agency told Ria.ru.
In June 2015, Roscosmos signed a contract with the French company Arianespace and the British OneWeb for 21 commercial launches of 672 satellites on Soyuz launch vehicles with Fregat booster blocks from the Kourou, Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes.
In April 2019, the general director of Glavkosmos (a subsidiary of Roskosmos) Dmitry Loskutov told the agency that the first launch of OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur cosmodrome is planned for the fourth quarter of 2019, from the Vostochny cosmodrome in the second quarter of 2020. In total, 9 launches are planned from Baikonur, 8 launches from the Vostochny, 4 launches from Kourou (one has already been carried out in February 2019).
Glavkosmos and Arianespace and Starsem have prepared joint proposals for launching OneWeb spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on or about December 19,” the agency’s source said.
According to him, this date is subject to approval after detailed planning of technological operations.
“In general, everything is in a high degree of readiness,” the spokesman for the state corporation added.
OneWeb plans to create a constellation of satellites that will provide broadband Internet access for users around the world thanks to the full coverage of the Earth's surface.