The Russian Soyuz rocket has been launched into space with 34 new satellites from the British operator Oneweb, which aims to provide broadband Internet anywhere in the world.
The rocket operated by Arianespace in Europe took off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday at 1807 GMT and was broadcast live by the Roscosmos Space Agency in Russia.
“The launch went according to plan,” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Telegram.
This is the sixth launch of the OneWeb satellite this year, and the last launch was on August 22nd.
OneWeb is working to complete the construction of low earth orbit satellite constellations that provide extended broadband and other services to countries around the world.
The company is competing with billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in the competition to provide high-speed Internet to remote parts of the world via satellite.
The UK company, supported by about 650 satellites, plans to be able to operate the global commercial internet service by next year.
Arianespace, which has been working with Russia for nearly 20 years, has signed a contract to launch 16 Soyuz launches between December 2020 and the end of 2022.
With this latest mission, a total of 288 satellites are in orbit in the constellations.
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