SpaceX will launch OneWeb satellites instead of Roskosmos

(ORDO NEWS) — Apparently, in this way the British company will also avoid the ruin that Dmitry Rogozin spoke about.

British OneWeb has entered into an agreement with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch its satellites into orbit. The terms of the contract are kept secret.

“The first launch from SpaceX is expected in 2022 and will complement the OneWeb total orbital constellation, which has 428 satellites, or 66% of the fleet.

The OneWeb network will provide high-speed, low-latency global connectivity,” the company said . OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson thanked SpaceX for their support.

Since February 2019, OneWeb has been launched by Roskosmos on Soyuz rockets. However, a few weeks ago, a couple of days before the next launch, the CEO of the state corporation Dmitry Rogozin, against the backdrop of a Russian special operation in Ukraine and the subsequent sanctions, demanded guarantees from the French company Arianspace and OneWeb itself that satellite devices would not be used for military purposes.

He explained his claims by the fact that serious questions arose for the customer: in November 2021, Russia received information from OneWeb negotiations with the Pentagon contractor. In addition, Rogozin called on the UK government to sell its stake and withdraw from OneWeb’s shareholders.

Both OneWeb, Arianspace, and the British government refused to comply with the requirements of the Russian side, as a result, the launch was canceled. The rocket was removed from the launch pad and, together with the communications satellites, was sent to the assembly and test facility.

Subsequently, Rogozin argued that without the help of Russia, OneWeb would be ruined, because it would no longer display “no satellites.”

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