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Arianespace to launch new tranche of OneWeb satellites

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The company is set to launch an additional 36 satellites on behalf of OneWeb.

Arianespace to launch new tranche of OneWeb satellites
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Arianespace has confirmed it will launch a further 36 OneWeb satellites into near-polar orbit at an altitude of 450 kilometres.

The mission, Flight ST31, is scheduled to take place on 26 April from the Vostochny Cosmodrome spaceport.

This launch, aboard a Soyuz rocket, is expected to bring the total fleet of OneWeb satellites to 182.

According to Arianespace, the mission is likely to have a total duration of three hours and 51 minutes and would include nine separations of four satellites.

The launch is aimed at supporting OneWeb’s goal of expanding internet coverage by creating a global connectivity platform via a satellite constellation in low-Earth orbit.

OneWeb’s constellation is designed to deliver highspeed, low-latency connectivity services to a wide range of customer sectors including aviation, maritime, backhaul services, as well as governments, emergency response services and more.

Once deployed, the OneWeb constellation is expected to enable user terminals that are capable of offering 3G, LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi coverage.  

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