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20.03.2021

FLIGHT ST30: ARIANESPACE’S FIRST LAUNCH OF 2021 FOR ONEWEB FROM VOSTOCHNY COSMODROME

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This 55th Soyuz mission conducted by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate will be operated from Vostochny Cosmodrome for the second time and represents OneWeb’s fifth launch overall.

This mission will deliver 36 satellites into orbit, bringing the total fleet to 146 satellites in low Earth orbit.

By operating this fifth flight on behalf of OneWeb, Arianespace participates in the fulfilment of its customer’s ultimate ambition: providing internet access for everyone, everywhere, all the time.

Flight ST30, the second commercial mission from Vostochny Cosmodrome performed by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate, will put 36 of OneWeb’s satellites into a near-polar orbit at an altitude of 450 kilometers. After separation, the satellites will raise themselves to their operational orbit.

The first six OneWeb satellites were successfully orbited by Arianespace on Soyuz Flight VS21 from French Guiana on February 27, 2019. On February 7, 2020, Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate successfully launched 34 OneWeb satellites from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Soyuz Flight ST27. On March 21, 2020, the team successfully delivered an additional 34 satellites into orbit on Soyuz Flight ST28. On December 18, 2020, the first Soyuz from Vostochny successfully placed in orbit 36 satellites on Flight ST29.

OneWeb’s mission is to bring internet everywhere to everyone, by creating a global connectivity platform through a next generation satellite constellation in low Earth orbit. OneWeb’s constellation of 650 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.

In 2021, the company is focused on scaling the satellite constellation to launch commercial services starting at the end of 2021 to the UK, Alaska, Canada, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, and the Arctic Seas.

OneWeb Satellites is a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space, where OneWeb Satellites is the constellation’s prime contractor. The satellites were built thanks to its leading-edge satellite manufacturing process that can build up to two satellites a day on a series production line dedicated to the assembly, integration, and testing of the satellites. The facility is running at full speed, within the coronavirus pandemic guidelines, manufacturing satellites that are tested and ready now, and also for future launches.

Flight ST30 will orbit the 111st to 146th OneWeb satellites to be launched by Arianespace.

With the launch of 36 OneWeb satellites on Flight ST30, Arianespace will have orbited a total of 276 spacecraft from Airbus Defence and Space (including OneWeb Satellites – a joint-venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space founded in 2016).

The Arianespace backlog of payloads remaining to be launched for Airbus Defence and Space (excluding the remaining OneWeb satellites) counts 21 additional payloads.

RUAG Space AB (Linköping, Sweden) is the prime contractor in charge of development and production of the dispenser system used on Flight ST30. It will carry the satellites during their flight to low Earth orbit and then release them into space.

The dedicated dispenser is designed to accommodate up to 36 spacecraft per launch, allowing Arianespace to timely deliver the lion’s share of the initial OneWeb constellation.

Arianespace, Starsem and satellite constellations

With its current family of launchers (Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega) and the future family (Ariane 6 and Vega C), Arianespace is a key player in the growth market of satellite constellations  whether for navigation, telecommunications or Earth observation.

Indeed, since the late 1990s, Arianespace has launched a total of 241 commercial constellation satellites, including 56 for Globalstar, 30 for Planet, 20 for O3b, 12 for Swarm Technologies, eight for Spire, along with one each for Orbcomm, Satellogic, Kepler Communications, Orbital Solutions/GeoOptics and GHGSat; as well as 26 institutional satellites for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission as part of the Galileo constellation project.

Arianespace’s backlog, apart from the OneWeb constellation’s payloads, currently consists of 25 more constellation satellites to orbit on behalf of: Airbus Defence and Space (four); ESA and the European Commission (four), with eight more in reservations; Spire (two); Airbus Defence and Space on behalf of CNES (four); and three undisclosed payloads.

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Flight ST30: Arianespace to hit its stride with next OneWeb launch

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The next Arianespace mission is planned from Vostochny Cosmodrome with Soyuz on March 25, to deliver 36 satellites into orbit.

By operating this fifth flight on behalf of OneWeb, Arianespace will bring the total fleet to 146 satellites in Low Earth Orbit. Arianespace is proud to share in the fulfilment of its customer’s ultimate ambition: providing internet access for everyone, everywhere.


Flight ST30, the second commercial mission performed by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, will put 36 of OneWeb’s satellites into a near-polar orbit at an altitude of 450 kilometers. The mission will have a total duration of three hours and 51 minutes and will include nine separations of four satellites, that will raise themselves to their operational orbit. This launch will bring up to speed Arianespace’s operations this year to the benefit of OneWeb, and will raise to 146 the number of satellites deployed for the global telecommunications operator.

OneWeb’s mission is to bring internet everywhere to everyone, by creating a global connectivity platform through a next generation satellite constellation in low Earth orbit. OneWeb’s constellation will deliver high-speed, 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. Central to its purpose, OneWeb seeks to bring connectivity to every place 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.

OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space, is the constellation’s prime contractor. The satellites were built thanks to its leading-edge satellite manufacturing process that can build up to two satellites a day on a series production line dedicated to the assembly, integration, and testing of the satellites.

A total of 110 OneWeb satellites have already been orbited by Arianespace: the first six were successfully orbited by Arianespace from French Guiana on February 27, 2019. On February and March 2020, Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate successfully launched 68 OneWeb satellites from Baikonur Cosmodrome on two successful Soyuz flights. On December 2020, the team successfully delivered an additional 36 satellites into orbit, with first commercial flight operated from new Vostochny Cosmodrome.

Quelle: arianespace

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Update: 24.03.2021

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Soyuz launches under OneWeb program due on March 25 and several weeks later

Roscosmos plans to make eight launches under OneWeb program

The next launch of a Soyuz rocket to take OneWeb satellites to the orbit will take place several weeks after the first one, slated for March 25, said Dmitry Loskutov, the CEO of Roscosmos subsidiary Glavkosmos promoting Russian space products and services on the international market,

"The next mission is expected to take place a few weeks after the launch due in the end of this month," he said.

According to Loskutov, this year’s launch schedule of OneWeb satellites "will in many aspects be determined by the readiness of the foreign customer’s spacecraft."

A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with OneWeb satellites is scheduled to blast off from the Vostochny space center in Russia’s Far East at 05:47 Moscow time on March 25. Roscosmos plans to make eight launches under the OneWeb program from the Baikonur, Vostochny and Kourou spaceports this year. The first six satellites were orbited by a Soyuz-ST carrier rocket from the Kourou launch facility in French Guiana on February 28, 2019. Another 34 satellites were delivered into outer space on February 7, 2020 and the same amount on March 21 from the Baikonur spaceport.

OneWeb satellites were launched from the Vostochny spaceport for the first time in December 2020. A total of 36 space vehicles were put into orbit. Overall, the UK company intends to deliver around 600 satellites into a near-Earth orbit.

OneWeb’s renewed agreement with the French Arianespace that acts as the launch operator stipulates the lift-off of 16 Russian Soyuz carrier rockets from the Kourou, Vostochny and Baikonur spaceports in 2020-2022. Each launch allows orbiting 34-36 OneWeb satellites.

Quelle: TASS

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Update: 25.03.2021

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Soyuz-2.1b rocket with OneWeb communication satellites launched from Vostochny cosmodrome

It will take almost four hours for the spacecraft to be taken out by the upper stage
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The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage and 36 UK OneWeb communication satellites was launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome, the event was broadcast on Roscosmos website.

The Frigate upper stage with satellites separated from the third stage of the rocket. It will take almost four hours for the spacecraft to be taken out by the upper stage. The satellites will be separated in several stages. This is the second launch of OneWeb spacecraft from Vostochny and the second fully commercial launch from this cosmodrome.

The renewed agreement between OneWeb and Arianespace, French launch operator company, includes launching 16 Russian Soyuz missiles from the Kourou, Vostochny, and Baikonur cosmodromes in 2020-2022.

Quelle: TASS
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Eight OneWeb satellites separate from Fregat booster

It will take about four hours to put the satellites into orbit
Eight OneWeb communication satellites carried by the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket have separated from the Fregat booster, Russia’s Roscosmos State Space Corporation said on Twitter.

"The first four of OneWeb’s satellites have separated from the Fregat booster," one of the tweets reads. Another tweet says that four more satellites have separated.

The Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrying 36 OneWeb satellites was launched from the Vostochny spaceport at 05:47 am Moscow time (02:47 am GMT) on Thursday. It will take about four hours to put the satellites into orbit.

OneWeb satellites were first launched from the Vostochny spaceport in December 2020. A total of 36 space vehicles were put into orbit. Overall, the British company plans to deliver around 600 satellites into a near-Earth orbit. OneWeb’s renewed agreement with the French launch service provider Arianespace includes the lift-off of 16 Russian Soyuz carrier rockets from the Kourou, Vostochny and Baikonur spaceports in 2020-2022. Each launch allows orbiting 34-36 satellites.

Quelle: TASS

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Successful Launch Marks Key Milestone for OneWeb’s ‘Five to 50’ Ambition

  • OneWeb confirms successful launch and contact with all 36 satellites
  • The latest deployment brings the in-orbit constellation to 146 satellites
  • On track to cover 50 degrees Latitude and above by end of year; three more launches to go

London, UK, 25 March 2021: OneWeb, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. This launch, its second under new ownership, brings its total in-orbit constellation to 146 satellites. These will form part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.

Lift-off occurred on 25 March at 02:47 GMT. OneWeb’s satellites separated from the rocket and were dispensed in nine batches over a period of 3 hours 51 minutes with signal acquisition on all 36 satellites confirmed.

This is the second in a five-launch programme that will enable OneWeb’s connectivity solution to reach all regions north of 50 degrees latitude by the middle of 2021, with service ready to start by year's end, giving OneWeb the ability to connect millions of consumers in the northern hemisphere. These services will cover the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic Seas and Canada, and will be switched on before the end of the year. OneWeb then intends to make global services available in 2022.

Neil Masterson, OneWeb CEO commented: “This is the second of our ‘Five to 50’ launch series and represents a key moment in OneWeb’s return. The next launch in the series is scheduled for the end of April, as we continue our drive towards commercial service this year. OneWeb is rising to the challenge of our mission to provide connectivity to everyone, everywhere, all the time. Backed by exemplary shareholders, we are connecting the world.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng added: “This latest launch is yet another boost for OneWeb and their ambitious plans to connect people and businesses across the globe to fast and reliable broadband. Our support for OneWeb puts the UK at the forefront of the latest advances in space technology and demonstrates our commitment to grow Britain's competitive advantage in this field."

In March of 2021, OneWeb conducted its first network demonstrations to the U.S. Government and will be rolling out additional demonstration kits and demo centres in locations such as : U.K., Alaska, Maryland and more.

Quelle: OneWeb

 
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