Russian Soyuz rocket launches 34 new British satellites


The rocket lifted off Tuesday at 6:07 p.m. GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


A Russian Soyuz rocket has taken off into space with 34 new satellites from UK operator Oneweb, which aims to provide high-speed internet access anywhere in the world.

The rocket, operated by the European Arianespace, took off Tuesday at 18:07 GMT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, broadcast live by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

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“The launch went according to plan,” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Telegram.

This was the sixth launch of OneWeb satellites this year, with the last taking place on August 22.

OneWeb is working to complete the construction of a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites providing enhanced broadband and other services to countries around the world.

The company competes with billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in the race to provide fast internet access to remote areas of the world via satellites.

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The British company expects its global commercial internet service to be operational by next year, supported by some 650 satellites.

Arianespace, which has worked with Russia for nearly two decades, is under contract to carry out 16 Soyuz launches between December 2020 and the end of 2022.

With this latest mission, a total of 288 satellites are now in orbit for the constellation.

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