After SpaceX, OneWeb launches 36 satellites, preparing to provide high speed internet


British tech company OneWeb on Monday launched 36 communications satellites into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. According to Reuters, OneWeb is launching satellites into orbit as part of its plan to provide high-speed Internet access around the world. The company said on its website that Launch #12 is the last of 8 launches scheduled for 2021 with OneWeb and its launch partners Arianespace. France’s global launch service company Arianespace, OneWeb and Russia’s space agency Roscosmos broadcast the launch.

Earlier this year, OneWeb said A launch from Russia’s Far East would enable the company to offer service everywhere in latitude 50 degrees north. OneWeb lists the United Kingdom, Alaska, North Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Continental America, the Arctic Ocean and Canada as the areas it is working to provide full connectivity.

The satellites launched from the Soyuz-2.1B rocket will be separated in several stages, the Interfax news agency said. OneWeb has resumed its launch after recovering from bankruptcy in December last year. The company has also secured investments from Japan’s SoftBank and Eutelsat Communications. Bharti Enterprises is also helping the company. In this way, OneWeb has achieved a total of $ 2.4 billion.

Companies of many countries are working to make ‘Satellite Internet’ accessible to the people. Recently, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX Starlink Starlink of SpaceX has also simultaneously put its 52 Internet satellites in orbit.

Starlink is preparing to launch its service in many countries. India is also included in this. The company is preparing to make its service live in ten rural Lok Sabha of India. SpaceX aims to provide high-speed Internet access to remote areas using the satellite group under Starlink. The company counts India as one of the markets in which there is a huge potential for growth of its service in the future.

At the same time, OneWeb and Airtel are preparing to start satellite internet service together. OneWeb is working on sending a total of 648 satellites into orbit.