The next launch of British communications satellites OneWeb from the Vostochny launch site is scheduled for October 14. This was reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin by Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin.
“On October 14, we are launching a commercial payload – 36 spacecraft,” Rogozin said.
According to the head of Roskosmos, this will be a complex launch, during which the upper stage “Fregat” must be placed in orbits of spacecraft in portions. At that Rogozin stressed that the customer is very satisfied with the launch vehicle Soyuz-2. He also expressed confidence that this carrier rocket “will definitely fly for another 9-10 years.
The first six OneWeb satellites went into orbit from the Kourou launch site on a Soyuz-ST rocket on February 28, 2019. From Baikonur, 34 satellites were launched into space on February 7, 2020, and on March 21 of the same year – the same number of more. OneWeb satellites were launched for the first time from the Vostochny launch site in December 2020. There were 36 devices launched. Then there were program launches from Vostochnoye on March 25, April 26, May 28 and July 1, 2021; from Baikonur – August 22, 2021. Another one from Baikonur is scheduled for September 14.