Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M | OneWeb 2

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center launch of a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M Rocket

Launch Status
Success

Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center was scheduled to launch a Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M rocket as part of the OneWeb 2 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Feb 6th, 2020, 4:42 PM EST from 31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat-M and experience the excitement for yourself.

Mission

OneWeb 2

A batch of 34 satellites for the OneWeb satellite constellation, which is intended to provide global Interned broadband service for individual consumers. The constellation is planned to have around 648 microsatellites (of which 60 are spares), around 150 kg each, operating in Ku-band from low Earth orbit. Eventually it can be expanded to include extra 1260 satellites, for a total of 1908.

Location

31/6, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan

Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Rocket

Soyuz 2.1B

Soyuz-2, GRAU index 14A14, is the collective designation for the 21st-century version of the Russian Soyuz rocket. In its basic form, it is a three-stage carrier rocket for placing payloads into low Earth orbit. The first-stage boosters and two core stages feature uprated engines with improved injection systems, compared to the previous versions of the Soyuz. Digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to be launched from a fixed launch platform, whereas the launch platforms for earlier Soyuz rockets had to be rotated as the rocket could not perform a roll to change its heading in flight.

Russian Space Forces

The Russian Space Forces are a branch of the Russian Aerospace Forces, that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Russia. Having been reestablished following August 1, 2015 merger between the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defence Forces after a 2011 dissolving of the branch. The Russian Space Forces were originally formed on August 10, 1992 and the creation of the Russian Armed Forces.