Baikonur to launch OneWeb communication satellites

10 January, 2019, 11:45 329
Baikonur to launch OneWeb communication satellites

OneWeb plans to establish a satellite constellation to ensure broadband access to the internet for users worldwide owing to full coverage of the Earth’s surface. 

In 2019, Baikonur Cosmodrome will launch British communication satellites OneWeb carried by Soyuz launch spaceships, Arianespace providing launch services on Ariane, Soyuz and Vega launch vehicles has informed, RIA Novosti reports.

The Company’s website says this year the Guiana Space Centre (French Guiana) will carry out the first launch of the Soyuz rocket with OneWeb satellites on board “paving the way for the following launches from Baikonur Cosmodrome starring in the last quarter of 2019.”

All the four launches reportedly are scheduled for 2019 from Baikonur Cosmodrome as part of the OneWeb programme: one - in the 3rd quarter and three - in the 4th quarter.

Roscosmos signed a contract for 21 commercial launches of 672 satellites on Soyuz launch vehicles from the Guiana Space Centre, Baikonur and the Vostochny Cosmodrome with France’s Arianespace.  Soyuz launch vehicles are manufactured in the Progress Rocket Space Centre in Samara, Russia.

OneWeb plans to establish a constellation of satellites to ensure broadband access to the internet for users worldwide owing to full coverage of the Earth’s surface. OneWeb’s website specifies the following investors: Virgin Group, SoftBank, Airbus, Qualcomm, Coca-Cola.