The Russian rocket has launched another OneWeb satellite for a network that will allow access to the Internet

According to the plan, the Soyuz launch vehicle left the launch pad at 00:13 CEST. After about nine minutes, the frigate separated from its third stage. In the next four hours, he launched satellites into specific orbits in several stages.

Specifically in nine batches, astronautics Michal Vaclavic of the Czech Space Agency and Prague’s Counter-Terrorism Unit outlined on his Twitter feed.

This was the ninth flight of a Russian rocket with satellites built by OneWeb into space. One took place from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, three from Baikonur and five from the Russian Vostochny spaceport. The next flight is scheduled for September – again from a Russian spaceport in Kazakhstan.

They want 648 satellites next year

OneWeb, which is headquartered in London but also has offices in the US, wants the network to have 648 satellites next year, according to Spaceflight Now. The goal is to provide high-speed Internet access from anywhere in the world, whether on land, at sea or in the air.

Competitive Starlink

One of the competitors to the OneWeb project is the Starlink program of the American company SpaceX. It is a vast satellite network that is also designed to provide high-speed access to the web from anywhere on Earth. According to the Spaceflight Now portal, SpaceX has so far launched 1,740 satellites from this system.

The network was originally planned to consist of 1,440 satellites, but space vision company Elon Musk has already secured approval for 12,000 devices. At the same time, a subsequent expansion of the system, which will use up to 30,000 satellites, is being considered.

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