Soyuz-2.1 b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage and satellites of the British company OneWeb
Moscow. 26 April. INTERFAX.RU – Another batch of 36 communication satellites of the British company OneWeb successfully separated from the Fregat upper stage after the launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome, Roscosmos reported.
“All satellites are in normal operation launched into target orbits and taken under customer control. After the completion of the disengagement and separation of spacecraft, the upper stage” Fregat “will be de-orbited, and non-combustible elements will be flooded in the uninhabited part of the Pacific Ocean” state corporation.
The last launch brought the number of OneWeb spacecraft in orbit to 182 units.
The rocket was launched at 01:14 Moscow time. This launch was the second at the cosmodrome this year. The previous launch took place on March 25th.
Earlier, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin reported that in 2021 it is planned to carry out three launches under the federal space program at the Vostochny cosmodrome, including the launch of Luna-25.
LEO OneWeb spacecraft are designed to provide terrestrial consumers with high-speed Internet directly via satellite communications. Roskosmos plans to carry out ten launches with such spacecraft in 2021. There are already about a hundred such satellites in orbit, the first were launched into orbit in February 2019 from the Guiana Space Center (French Guiana).
In June 2015, Roscosmos signed a contract with Arianespace for 21 commercial launches of 672 communication satellites of the space system of the British company OneWeb on Soyuz-2 launch vehicles with upper stages of the Fregat family from the Baikonur, Vostochny, and Kuru spaceports. French Guiana. The contract value was $ 1.2 billion.
On April 23, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that the state corporation and OneWeb held negotiations on April 9 at Baikonur to conclude a new contract for the launch of the company's second generation of devices.
Earlier, the first deputy head of Roscosmos for finance, Maxim Ovchinnikov, said in an interview with Interfax that the state corporation expects to conclude a contract with OneWeb for launching second-generation satellites.
Greg Wyler, head of OneWeb, previously reported that the company plans to launch 1,980 satellites into orbit, of which about 900 first-generation satellites and about a thousand second-generation satellites.