A Russian Soyuz rocket on Thursday blasted into area carrying 36 new satellites from British operator OneWeb, which goals to offer broadband web all over the place on the planet.
The rocket, operated by Europe’s Arianespace, took off at 0940 GMT from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East, broadcast reside by the nation’s Roscosmos area company.
“LIFTOFF!” Roscosmos tweeted after the launch — the seventh this yr carrying OneWeb satellites.
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OneWeb, a London-headquartered firm, is working to finish the development of a constellation of low earth orbit satellites offering enhanced broadband and different providers to international locations around the globe.
The corporate is competing within the race to offer quick web for the world’s distant areas by way of satellites together with tech billionaire Elon Musk and fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos of Amazon.
The UK firm plans for its international business web service to be operational by subsequent yr, supported by some 650 satellites.
Arianespace, which has labored with Russia for near 20 years, is below contract to make 16 Soyuz launches between December 2020 and the top of 2022.
With this newest mission, a complete of 358 satellites at the moment are in orbit for the constellation, Roscosmos mentioned.
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