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Successful Soyuz launch thrusts OneWeb past halfway mark in fleet deployment

1 day ago   |   By Spaceflight Now


Another batch of 36 satellites for OneWeb's internet network rode a Russian Soyuz launcher into orbit Thursday, giving the company more than half of the 648-spacecraft fleet it aims to deploy by the end of next year.
The satellites, each about the size of a mini-refrigerator, blasted off at 5:40:10 a.m. EDT Thursday from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia's newest spaceport in the far eastern Amur region near the Chinese border.
A kerosene-fueled Soyuz-2.1b rocket gave the satellites an initial boost into space, then a Russian Fregat upper stage separated and fired its engine two times to...
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