Baikonur is prepared to OneWeb satellites’ launch
OneWeb system will include 900 satellites
The launches of two Russian Progress cargo ships to the International Space Station were transferred to other carriers and another Baikonur launch pad to prepare the launch site for the mass launch of OneWeb communication satellites in 2019, Rambler informs.
"RosCosmos took a decision to transfer two next launches of Progress-MS cargo ships from the 31st site of the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the first site, the so-called Gagarin launch, to start preparing the cosmodrome for the intensive launch of OneWeb communication satellites,” the source said.
The transfer of the launch of cargo ships to other missiles is due to the change is the launch pad. Instead of Soyuz-2.1a carrier, the Progress MSC-10 and Progress M-11 spacecraft will travel to the International Space Station, on October 31, 2018, and February 7, 2019, respectively on Soyuz-FG carriers. The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket is impossible from the Soyuz-Gagarin launch.
The EgyptSat-A only satellite will be launched from the 31st Baikonur site in November this year.
The transfer of planned launches from the 31st site of the Baikonur cosmodrome will allow repair or partial reconstruction of the facilities to be used in the launch campaign. The necessary work will be completed in the spring of 2019.
According to the plans, five Soyuz carriers are to be launched within the OneWeb project from the Kourou cosmodrome, another two dozen launches are planned from Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes, with a large part of the launches (about ten) to be performed from the 31st site of the Baikonur site.
It is planned that the entire OneWeb system will consist of 900 satellites. Each carrier is supposed to display 32-36 satellites.