The Soyuz-2.1b rocket was launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome at 1.14 am Moscow time. It is noted that all 36 British ‘OneWeb’ satellites have been successfully launched into their design orbits using the Fregat upper stage. This process took about 4 hours.
The first six ‘OneWeb’ satellites went into orbit from the Kuru cosmodrome on a Soyuz-ST rocket on February 28, 2019. Other 34 devices were launched from Baikonur on February 7, 2020, and later, on March 21, 2020, other 34 devices. For the first time, ‘OneWeb’ satellites were launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome in December 2020 (36 vehicles). Another launch took place on March 25, 2021, from the Vostochny cosmodrome.
Now, Roskosmos hopes to launch the Soyuz rocket from May to July this year from the Vostochny cosmodrome. OneWeb’s renewed agreement with Arianespace envisages the launch of 16 Russian Soyuz missiles from the Kuru, Vostochny, and Baikonur cosmodromes in 2020-2022. It is specified that each launch will allow 34 to 36 vehicles to be placed into orbit.