OneWeb satellites will be launched by Indians instead of Roskosmos

Britain’s OneWeb has signed a cooperation agreement with India’s New Space India, a commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization. New Space India will launch OneWeb satellites into orbit. Earlier a similar agreement OneWeb has concluded with the American SpaceX. Before the Ukrainian events, Roskosmos was involved in launching OneWeb satellites.

“Company [OneWeb] and New Space India Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization, have entered into an agreement that will help OneWeb guarantee the completion of its satellite launch program. The first joint launch with New Space India is expected in 2022 and will be from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. The launch will increase the size of OneWeb’s satellite constellation, which now numbers 428 satellites – 66% of the planned total,” the company said in a statement.

In March, OneWeb entered into an agreement to launch satellites into orbit with the U.S. company SpaceX. The first launch is also scheduled for this year. Terms of both deals were not disclosed.

Earlier, Roscosmos director general Dmitry Rogozin instructed to cancel preparations to launch OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur Cosmodrome because the company refused to provide legal guarantees that the devices would not be used for military purposes and to withdraw the British government from OneWeb shareholders. Before the Ukrainian events, though, Roskosmos had launched OneWeb satellites and did not demand any guarantees.

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