Nov 07, 19:44
OneWeb has delayed the first launch of its satellites from Baikonur
The launch of telecommunications satellites OneWeb from the Baikonur cosmodrome, scheduled for the end of 2019, has been postponed to next year. This was reported to RBC by a company representative, explaining the decision by the need to conduct additional tests, which will take several weeks.
“We plan to carry out the next launch in mid-late January,” the company representative said, noting that the devices are planned to be sent to Baikonur in December.
The launch of the first six OneWeb satellites, designed to provide consumers with high-speed Internet, took place at the end of February 2019. The satellites were launched into the orbit of the Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle with the Frigate-M booster rocket launched from the cosmodrome in French Guiana.
The next launch was planned to be carried out in the fourth quarter of 2019 from Baikonur. In September, Roscosmos announced the sending of Frigate-M booster blocks to the spaceport, designed to launch a new group of OneWeb satellites into the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle.
According to a OneWeb spokesperson, after the January launch, the company intends to launch more than 30 satellites every month, so that by the end of 2020 it will provide signal coverage from them throughout the Arctic, and in 2021 – full 24-hour coverage.