Tech company OneWeb has launched 36 communications satellites into space from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday. The purpose is part of its global plan to deliver global high-speed internet access. The company is said to have partnered with Arianespace to achieve this feat.
The launching took place on Monday in Kazakhstan and was broadcast live by French global launch services Arianespace, and Russia’s space agency Roscosmos. The company said on its website that “Launch #12 represents the last in a sequence of eight launches scheduled in 2021 by OneWeb with launch partners Arianespace.
Earlier this year, OneWeb said a launch from Russia’s the Far East would allow it to offer everywhere north of 50 degrees latitude and listed the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, continental US, the Arctic Seas, and Canada as areas that should be offered full connectivity.
A report stated that the satellites, launched aboard a Soyuz-2.1brocket, would be separated in stages.
OneWeb said it has launched satellites into space to provide high-speed internet access.
The Britain-based OneWeb resumed flights last December after emerging from bankruptcy protection with $1 billion in equity investment from a consortium of the British government and India’s Bharti Enterprises, its new owners.
It has also received investment from Japan’s Softbank and Eutelsat Communications, and further financing from Bharti. OneWeb has secured $2.4 billion in total.