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Upper stage with 34 OneWeb satellites separates from carrier rocket's third stage

The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat-M booster and 34 OneWeb satellites was launched from the 31st platform on the Baikonur spaceport at 12:42am Moscow time

MOSCOW, February 7. /TASS/. The upper stage of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat-M booster and 34 OneWeb satellites have successfully separated from the third stage, according to a live broadcast on the website of Russia's Roscosmos space corporation.

"The upper stage has separated from the third stage of the carrier rocket," a commentator said.

The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat-M booster and 34 OneWeb satellites was launched from the 31st platform on the Baikonur spaceport at 12:42am Moscow time. This is the first launch of OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur spaceport. It will take 3.5 hours to deliver the satellites to the orbit.

OneWeb satellites were initially planned to be launched from Baikonur in December 2019, but the launch was postponed because the manufacturer needed more time to test the satellites.

Before that, the satellites manufactured by the British company were only launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana by the Soyuz-ST carrier rocket on 28 February 2019. Six satellited were delivered to the orbit then. In total, OneWeb plans to deploy around 600 satellites on the Earth's orbit.