Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with another batch of OneWeb satellites launched from Baikonur cosmodrome

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Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with another batch of OneWeb satellites launched from Baikonur cosmodrome

On the night of Sunday, August 22, the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with 34 British OneWeb communications satellites launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, Roscosmos reports. The website of the state corporation is broadcasting the flight.

Approximately nine minutes after the launch, which took place at 01:13 Moscow time, the Fregat upper stage with spacecraft separated from the third stage of the Soyuz. Putting satellites into the specified orbits should take about three hours and 45 minutes, their number in the OneWeb constellation will increase to 288.

Recall, as the website kp.ru wrote, initially the launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with British satellites was supposed to take place on the night of August 20, but for technical reasons the launch was postponed to another date.

For the first time, six OneWeb satellites went into orbit from the Kuru cosmodrome on a Soyuz-ST rocket on February 28, 2019. After that, dozens of other vehicles were withdrawn. So, at the end of May, the Soyuz-2.1b rocket launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome launched 36 British satellites into orbits.

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