SpaceX will take OneWeb satellites into orbit
Agreement signed today after suspended collaboration with Russian Soyuz due to war
After the decision to suspend the entrusting of launch services of OneWeb satellites to the Russian company Soyuz, today the space company based in Great Britain has signed a new collaboration agreement with the US company SpaceX founded by American billionaire Elon Musk. The first launch is expected by 2022.
With 428 satellites in orbit, "we're well on our way to completing the build-out of our full fleet of satellites and providing robust, fast and secure connectivity around the world", said OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson, recalling that the company is at 66 percent of its goal.
It's a decision that comes in the wake of Russia's armed invasion of Ukraine, which prompted OneWeb to suspend its collaboration with Soyuz as of March 3. For the American SpaceX, putting satellites into orbit is a routine activity, given the creation of the artificial constellation Starlink.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency