15 October 2021

Arianespace launches 36 new OneWeb internet satellites into orbit on Soyuz rocket.

A Soyuz rocket launched 36 new OneWeb internet satellites into orbit from Russia early Thursday (Oct. 14), pushing the communications provider past the halfway mark to completing its growing megaconstellation.

The OneWeb satellites soared into space atop a Russian-built Soyuz rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in a mission operated by French company Arianespace. Liftoff occurred at 5:40 a.m. EDT (0940 GMT). 

The spacecraft deployed from the Soyuz into a near-polar orbit with an altitude of 280 miles (450 kilometers). These deployments occurred in four-satellite batches, the last of which successfully took place about four hours after liftoff.

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