Arianespace has confirmed that Soyuz Flight ST31 orbited 36 new OneWeb satellites on Friday, 29 May following a successful launch from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome.
Flight ST32 was the 57th Soyuz mission carried out by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate, and the seventh mission undertaken on behalf of OneWeb.
This latest mission has taken the total of OneWeb satellites launched into low-Earth orbit by Arianespace to 218.
“Congratulations to all the teams who made this seventh launch dedicated to OneWeb’s satellites a success,” Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace and Starsem, said.
“At Arianespace, we embrace the idea that space should serve the ultimate goal to creating a better life on Earth…
“By supporting OneWeb’s success, anywhere, at any time I am convinced that we do just so.”
Arianespace is expected to oversee a further 12 Soyuz launches through 2021 and 2022, enabling OneWeb to deploy its full global constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites before the end of 2022.
The satellites aim to create a global connectivity platform through a satellite constellation in low-Earth orbit, delivering high-speed, low-latency connectivity to a wide range of customer sectors, including aviation, maritime, enterprise and governments.
OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture of OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space.
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