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Soyuz rocket launches 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit for a modified satellite Internet constellation

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The Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit on March 24, 2021. (Image courtesy of OneWeb)
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The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage and 36 spacecraft was launched from the Vostochny cosmodrome. (Image courtesy of Roscosmos)
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OneWeb now has 146 satellites in its constellation after the fifth launch on March 24, 2021, when the Soyuz rocket delivered 36 more satellites into orbit. (Image credit: Arianespace)
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The Arianespace Soyuz rocket will launch 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit on March 24, 2021. (Image credit: Arianespace)
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The Soyuz rocket arrives at the Vostochny launch site in Siberia ahead of the planned launch of 36 OneWeb satellites in March 2021.

The Soyuz rocket arrives at the Vostochny launch site in Siberia ahead of the planned launch of 36 OneWeb satellites in March 2021. (Image credit: Arianespace)
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This Arianespace image shows 36 OneWeb internet satellites stacked for launch on a Soyuz rocket ahead of launch on March 24, 2021.

This Arianespace image shows 36 OneWeb internet satellites stacked for launch on a Soyuz rocket ahead of launch on March 24, 2021. (Image credit: Arianespace)

The Soyuz rocket successfully launched 36 OneWeb satellites into orbit on Wednesday (24 March) as the London-based company continues to recover from a difficult 2020.

European launch provider Arianespace launched a Soyuz rocket from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East at 10:47 pm ET (0247 GMT or 11:47 am local time on Thursday, March 25).

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