MOSCOW (Reuters) – British technology company OneWeb launched 36 communications satellites into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, live broadcasts showed.
OneWeb has launched satellites into orbit as part of its plans to provide global high-speed internet access.
“Launch # 12 is the latest in a sequence of eight launches slated for 2021 by OneWeb with launch partners Arianespace,” the company said on its website. French global launch services company Arianespace, Oneweb and Russian space agency Roscosmos all broadcast the launch.
Earlier this year, OneWeb said that a launch from the Russian Far East would allow it to offer anywhere north of 50 degrees latitude.
OneWeb has listed the UK, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, mainland US, Arctic Seas, and Canada as areas that should benefit from full connectivity.
The Interfax news agency said the satellites, launched aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket, would be separated in stages.
OneWeb resumed flights last December after breaking out of bankruptcy protection with a billion dollar stake from a consortium of the UK government and Indian firm Bharti Enterprises, its new owners.
It also received investments from Softbank and Eutelsat Communications of Japan, and other funding from Bharti. OneWeb raised $ 2.4 billion in total.
(Reporting by Alexander Marrow; editing by Philippa Fletcher)
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