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Roscosmos plans eight launches under the OneWeb program in 2021

In total, the British company intends to deploy about 600 satellites in near-earth orbit

Photo: TASS

/NOVOSTIVL/ Roscosmos plans to carry out eight launches under the OneWeb program from the Baikonur, Vostochny and Kuru cosmodromes, said Sergei Savelyev, deputy general director of Roscosmos for international cooperation.

"Three spacecraft launches are planned from the Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes within the framework of the OneWeb project," Saveliev said.

According to the deputy general director, two cluster launches are also planned from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana.

The first six satellites of the British company OneWeb went into orbit from the Kuru cosmodrome on a Soyuz-ST rocket on February 28, 2019. Another 34 satellites were launched from Baikonur on February 7, 2020, and 34 more satellites were launched on March 21. For the first time from the Vostochny cosmodrome, OneWeb satellites were launched in December 2020. 36 vehicles were launched into orbit. In total, the company intends to deploy about 600 satellites in low-earth orbit.

The updated agreement between OneWeb and Arianespace (the French company that acts as the operator) involves the launch of 16 Russian Soyuz missiles from the Kuru, Vostochny and Baikonur cosmodromes in 2020-2022. Each launch will allow 34-36 vehicles to be launched into orbit.