The Soyuz-ST-B LV is installed on the launch pad of the Spaceport in Guiana
MOSCOW, February 7. - The Russian Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle is installed on the launch pad of the Guiana Space Center (CSG). The joint team consisting of foreign customers and Roscosmos enterprises - Progress Space Rocket Center, Lavochkin Association, TsENKI and Glavkosmos has begun pre-launch works, the launch is scheduled for February 10, and the Soyuz-ST-B will deliver a new batch of 34 OneWeb satellites into orbit.
For OneWeb, this launch will become the thirteenth carried out with the use of the Russian Soyuz launch vehicles and the second carried out from the CSG; five launches were carried out from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and six more - from the newest Russian cosmodrome Vostochny.
There are currently 394 OneWeb communications satellites in orbit and the upcoming launch will bring their number to 428.
The next OneWeb missions through 2022, in which the Russian Soyuz 2.1b launch vehicle (produced by Progress Space Rocket Center, Samara) will be used, will enable the start of OneWeb’s global services this year.
Glavkosmos, JSC is a subsidiary of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos. The main task of the company is to promote the achievements of the Russian rocket and space industry to world markets and to manage complex international projects. During its more than thirty-five year history, the company has successfully fulfilled over 140 international contracts, including the launch of more than 170 spacecraft as a secondary payload.
Since May 2021, Glavkosmos has been the official operator of Roscosmos trademarks.
ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August 2015 to carry out a comprehensive reform of the Russian rocket and space industry. ROSCOSMOS ensures the implementation of the state policy in space activities and its normative and legal regulations, as well as places orders for the design, production and supply of space equipment and space infrastructure. ROSCOSMOS is also vested with authority to develop international cooperation in space and establish the appropriate environment for applying achievements in space domain for the social and economic development in Russia.