overview

Launch date
October 14, 2021
Payload(s)
36 OneWeb satellites
Launch vehicle
Soyuz
Launch site
Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
Customer(s)
OneWeb
Prime contractor(s)
OneWeb Satellites
Orbit
Low-Earth orbit
Status
Success

mission
description

Arianespace’s tenth launch of 2021 with the seventh Soyuz of the year will place its satellite passengers into low Earth orbit. The launcher will be carrying a total payload of approximately 5 797 kg.

The launch will be performed from Vostochny, in Russia.

Washington, D.C.
05:40 a.m.
Universal time (UTC)
09:40 a.m.
Paris
11:40 a.m.
Moscow
12:40 p.m.
Vostochny Cosmodrome
06:40 p.m.

Payload

OneWeb #323 to #358

Flight ST36, the sixth commercial mission from Vostochny in Russia performed by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate, will put 36 of OneWeb’s satellites bringing the total fleet to 358 satellites into a near-polar orbit at an altitude of 450 kilometers. After separation, the satellites will raise themselves to their operational orbit.

OneWeb’s mission is to bring internet everywhere to everyone, by creating a global connectivity platform through a next generation satellite constellation in low Earth orbit. OneWeb’s constellation of 648 satellites will deliver high-speed, low-latency enterprise grade connectivity services to a wide range of customer sectors including enterprise, government, maritime and aviation customers. Central to its purpose, OneWeb seeks to bring connectivity to every unconnected area where fiber cannot reach, and thereby bridge the digital divide.

Once deployed, the OneWeb constellation will enable user terminals that are capable of offering 3G, LTE, 5G and Wi-Fi coverage, providing high-speed access globally & by air, sea and land.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

As OneWeb’s constellation will ultimately consist of 648 satellites, this launch will hit the mark of more than half of the constellation being in orbit. The  324th satellite, deployed at 1 hour and 18 minutes during the first separation will mark this milestone.

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