Moscow: British-based agency OneWeb launched 34 satellites into orbit from a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, increasing its in-orbit constellation to 322 satellites, it stated on Wednesday.
The satellites lifted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome at 1807 GMT on Tuesday, it stated in a press release.
OneWeb plans to launch a complete of 648 low earth orbit satellites to roll out a high-speed world web connection together with to probably the most distant corners of the world.
The launch, carried out by Arianespace, retains OneWeb on observe to begin a service in swathes of the northern hemisphere this 12 months and to ship a worldwide service subsequent 12 months, it stated.
OneWeb resumed satellite tv for pc launches in December after rising from chapter safety with $1 billion in fairness funding from a consortium of the British authorities and India’s Bharti Enterprises.
It has acquired additional financing from Bharti in addition to funding from Eutelsat Communications and Japan’s SoftBank.