The UK firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on Feb. 7 as part of its effort to provide global high-speed internet access using satellite communications by 2021.
The Russian Soyuz rocket left Baikonur at 0242 local time (2142 GMT Thursday), the second OneWeb launch out of 21 planned. OneWeb launched six satellites from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, in February 2019.
Several companies are competing in the race to provide internet access using satellites, with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos among the business leaders posing challenges to the British start-up.
OneWeb founder Greg Wyler intends to put 648 satellites into the Earths orbit and begin commercial use in 2020.
The firm has attracted around $1.7 billion from the Airbus Group, Coca-Cola, Virgin Group, Qualcomm, and Softbank to deploy the satellite network.
The success of the project depends in large part on Russian partners after OneWeb signed an agreement with Frances Arianespace and Russian space agency Roscosmos in 2015 to launch all its satellites using Soyuz rockets.
Igor Komarov, the former general director of Roscosmos, claimed theRead More – Source