SOYUZ FLIGHT VS27
OneWeb #395 To #428
Flight VS27 mark the first flight of the year with OneWeb. This thirteenth mission on behalf of OneWeb will put 34 additional satellites bringing the total fleet to 428 satellites into a near-polar orbit at an altitude of 450 kilometers. After separation, the satellites will raise themselves to their operational orbit.
The satellites will deliver high-speed, low-latency enterprise grade connectivity services to a wide range of customer sectors including enterprise, government, maritime and aviation customers.
Central to its purpose, OneWeb seeks to bring connectivity to every unconnected area where fiber cannot reach, and thereby bridge the digital divide. Once deployed, the OneWeb constellation will enable user terminals that are capable of offering 3G, LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi coverage, providing high-speed access globally – by air, sea and land.
These OneWeb missions through 2022 will enable the start of OneWeb’s global services this year.
- Thanks to this mission, Arianespace exceeds the number of 100 satellites launched on Soyuz from the CSG, precisely 101 after the launch.
- The OneWeb satellites are the 1102nd to 1135th satellites launched by Arianespace.
- The OneWeb satellites are the 531st to 564th Airbus Defence and Space satellites to be orbited by Arianespace.
Russian Soyuz rocket installed on Kourou spaceport’s launch pad to orbit OneWeb satellites
A Soyuz-ST-B carrier rocket was delivered to the launch pad of the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana to orbit the next batch of British OneWeb communications satellites, Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos announced on Friday.
"A Soyuz-ST-B rocket, which is to launch the next batch of 34 OneWeb spacecraft into orbit, was taken to the launch pad at the Guiana Space Center (French Guiana). On Monday, February 7, 2022, the first launch day schedule works began," Roscosmos said on its website.
The pre-launch preparations at the Guiana Space Center include separate transportation of the rocket (an assembly of three stages) and the spacehead unit and their subsequent assembly on a launcher, using a mobile service tower, it said.
"The launch of a Soyuz-ST-B carrier rocket is scheduled for February 10, 2022, at 21:09:37 Moscow time," Roscosmos specified.
CEO of the commercial launch operator Glavkosmos (part of Roscosmos) Dmitry Loskutov earlier told TASS that seven launches of British OneWeb communications satellites were scheduled for 2022. The first launch was scheduled to take place from the Guiana space center (the Kourou cosmodrome) in February, he specified.
British OneWeb low-orbit satellites are designed to create a space-based communications system to provide high-speed Internet access in any locality worldwide. Currently, the OneWeb orbital cluster comprises 394 satellites. All of them were orbited by Russian Soyuz carrier rockets.
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Arianespace successfully launches 34 OneWeb satellites
All 34 UK OneWeb communications satellites, launched on Thursday from the Kourou space center in French Guiana, were successfully launched into orbit by the Fregat-M upper stage, Arianespace announced on Friday.
"First Arianespace’s mission of 2022 and OneWeb’s thirteenth launch, Soyuz Flight VS27 successfully put 34 additional constellation satellites into a near-polar orbit," the statement said.
"2022 begins with the successful orbiting of 34 satellites for OneWeb. Congratulations to all the teams who made this thirteenth launch for OneWeb a success. More OneWeb missions are coming soon this year and will enable the start of the constellation’s global services. We are proud to contribute to the OneWeb project, which will increase connectivity on earth while treating space as a natural resource and being committed to protecting it," CEO of Arianespace Stephane Israel said.
The next batch of 36 OneWeb satellites will be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 4, the company said. "Stay tuned, our next #OneWebLaunch is scheduled for March 4th, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan," the company wrote on Twitter.