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Russia refuses to launch UK’s OneWeb satellites unless demands are met.

Published: 2.3.2022 13:44

Roscosmos will not launch three dozen OneWeb internet satellites as planned on Friday (March 4) unless the company meets new demands, the Russian space agency announced today (March 2).

Roscosmos Director-General Dmitry Rogozin made an online statement that the agency will not launch the satellites as planned if the company does not guarantee that the craft will not be used for military purposes.

OneWeb, a UK-based company, is producing a network of 648 satellites, aimed to be completed in 2022, which would provide global access to satellite internet broadband even in remote locations. This network can potentially provide a communications network to businesses, governments and communities, as well as providing 5G to aviation and maritime operators.

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