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The first in 2021 launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome has been postponed

The first in 2021 launch from the Vostochny cosmodrome has been postponed
Photo: Space Center "Vostochny" / Roskosmos

The launch of the Soyuz-25 carrier rocket from the Vostochny cosmodrome, scheduled for February 2, was postponed. According to new data, it should take place in March.

According to RIA Novosti, citing its own sources, the launch of the Soyuz-2.1b rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 36 British OneWeb communication satellites has been postponed from February 25 to March 25. One of the interlocutors of the agency noted that this date is not final either.

Information about the February launch appeared immediately after a successful launch on December 18 2020 year. Then 36 British communications satellites of the OneWeb company went into orbit. At the same time, it was planned to carry out five launches from the cosmodrome in 2020, but they are all for different reasons. were moved... In total, six launches have been carried out from the Vostochny cosmodrome since 2016.

OneWeb expects to begin providing commercial satellite communications services in late 2021, and by the end of 2022, deploy a constellation of 648 spacecraft to provide broadband Internet access to users around the world with full coverage of the Earth's surface.
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