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Arianespace, OneWeb undertake launch

Liam Garman

Arianespace completed a successful Soyuz launch with a payload of 36 OneWeb satellites.

Arianespace, OneWeb undertake launch
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Arianespace last week confirmed the successful deployment of another 36 new OneWeb constellation satellites onboard Flight ST30. The successful mission now brings the total OneWeb constellation to 146 satellites.

The launch was the 55th Arianespace and Starsem mission undertaken onboard the Soyuz.

CEO of Arianespace Stéphane Israël welcomed the successful partnership with OneWeb.

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“Congratulations to all the teams who made this latest mission from the Vostochny Cosmodrome a success. This launch confirms Arianespace's ability to deploy the OneWeb constellation through the use of three different Soyuz launch sites – in French Guiana, Kazakhstan and Russia,” Israël said.

"I want to sincerely thank OneWeb for its trust. I am delighted that our company has contributed – for the fifth time – to this client's ultimate ambition of providing Internet access to everyone, anywhere, at any time.”

Arianespace is expected to undertake an additional 14 missions to complete OneWeb’s constellation until 2022 onboard the Soyuz.

The OneWeb constellation, a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space, hopes to build a fast internet connection service between users in different industries across the world.

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