Britain’s post-Brexit space ambitions took flight on Friday with the launch of 36 satellites for the partly state-owned OneWeb network that’s competing with Elon Musk to offer broadband internet from space.
The launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in eastern Russia is the first for OneWeb since the U.K. bailed out the startup with the help of Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal. Their $1 billion investment gives the two partners a stake in one of the hottest, and riskiest, areas of space investment — low-earth orbit communications.
Today is a very important day for OneWeb. Our #OneWebLaunch will add another 36 satellites to our constellation. This is our third launch in 2020 and will bring our total in-orbit constellation to 110 satellites – designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity!
12:01 PM · Dec 18, 2020
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