On Thursday, July 1, the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle was launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome. On board was the Fregat upper stage and 36 British communication satellites OneWeb. The launch video was published online.
As the website kp.ru wrote, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome at 15:48 Moscow time. Upper stage “Fregat” with satellites separated from the third stage of the rocket after about nine minutes. Putting the spacecraft into orbit will take approximately four hours.
At the moment, this is the eighth launch of British communications satellites OneWeb. This launch should bring the number of spacecraft in orbit to 254. According to the British company, today's launch will provide communications to all regions north of 50 degrees north latitude. In this regard, a commemorative inscription “Hello, North Pole” was put on the head fairing.