Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with OneWeb satellites launched from Vostochny cosmodrome
The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with 36 British communications satellites of the OneWeb company was launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome, TASS reports.
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the first manned flight into space, Yuri Gagarin was depicted on the rocket. Its launch was successful; the launching of satellites into orbit by the upper stage will take about four hours. The satellites will be separated from the rocket in several stages.
At the moment, there are already 146 OneWeb communication satellites in orbit. All of them were launched into orbit by Soyuz-2.1b rockets, which were launched from different cosmodromes. Today's launch from Vostochny was the second in 2021 and the third ever.
A total of 16 Soyuz missile launches will be required to launch the OneWeb communications system. At a time, the rocket will launch from 34 to 36 vehicles into orbit. The first generation OneWeb system will be operational in late 2022 – early 2023.
Earlier it became known that the American spacecraft Crew Dragon-2 successfully docked to the ISS.