A Soyuz rocket has successfully launched six OneWeb satellites in the first of 21 scheduled launches to launch 650 units in the ultimate goal of offering broadband internet "anywhere" to "everyone".
The first group of satellites was launched from the room center in French Guiana at. 21.37 GMT Wednesday. The Russian rocket shot the payload to low ground, with all six satellites separating in time, enWeb founder and chairman Greg Wyler tweeted.
All 6 confirmed !!! Web
̵1; Greg Wyler (@greg_wyler) February 27, 2019
OneWeb is a satellite startup founded by the American tech entrepreneur named WorldVu in 2012, with the aim of providing affordable loud
The virgin OneWeb launch apparently went without a boost, with Wyler tweeting: "Perfect drop off Soyuz!"  Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian spacecraft (Roscosmos), congratulates Wyler on "successful start of the partnership" between OneWeb Satellites, which is a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus, and the Russian space agency.
The ambitious mission was completed by European launch supplier Arianespace, who used a Soyuz launch software to place the satellites in space.
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The road to launch was not without shock. Last month, it was reported that specialists from the Roscosmos subsidiary NPO Lavochkin discovered a crack in the Frigate upper stage, which serves as the fourth stage of the Soyuz rocket. It was feared that the error could push up the launch, which was initially planned February 19 to March or even next year.
Over 648 satellites will be placed in the low-earth orbit of Soyuz rockets in a series of monthly rockets agreed between Roscosmos, Arianespace and OneWeb in 2015. Up to 36 satellites are lifted in a payload.
OneWeb hopes to start using its massive constellation already in 2020 and be able to provide global coverage the following year.
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