The European launch services provider Arianespace — in conjunction with the European-Russian Starsem company — is preparing for the launch of a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan with 34 OneWeb space-based internet satellites.
The mission will launch from Site No. 31/6 at 16:42 EST (21:42 UTC) in an instantaneous launch window. The mission will last 5 hours 52 minutes, with deployment for all 34 satellites taking over 3 hours 45 minutes to complete.
OneWeb and Arianespace:
Launch of this mission will mark the continued use of Baikonur for Arianespace, which normally conducts missions from their Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana, South America.
The flight will liftoff from Site No. 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan under a commercial launch agreement held by Arianespace through shareholding in Starsem — a jointly-held European-Russian company which is responsible for the commercial launch procurement of Soyuz rockets for Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency.
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Overall, this will be the 50th flight of a Soyuz rocket under commercial launch services for Arianespace and Starsem and the 27th commercial Soyuz launch from Baikonur.
The mission will also be the ...