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OneWeb sent 36 satellites to launch at the Vostochny cosmodrome

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The first launch of oneweb communications satellites from the spaceport is scheduled for December 2020

TASS, November 18. Communications satellites of the British company OneWeb were sent from Florida to the Vostochny cosmodrome in preparation for their launch into orbit. This was reported on the company's Twitter.

"36 OneWeb satellites flew on Board a plane from Florida to the Vostochny cosmodrome for launch into space in December. Congratulations to the entire team, " the message reads.

The message also includes a video showing an An-124-100 Ruslan aircraft with vehicles on Board, taking off from the runway.

The first launch of oneweb communications satellites from the Vostochny cosmodrome is scheduled for December 2020. OneWeb now has 74 satellites in low stationary orbit and plans to launch hundreds more. In March, the British company was forced to file for bankruptcy and reorganization after it failed to receive about $2 billion from a group of investors, including Japan's SoftBank.

In April, OneWeb asked the UK government to provide a loan of £500m (about $645m) as part of a broader $2.2 bn funding package from private investors. Then London refused the company, but in July decided to invest in its share capital to establish control over OneWeb. It is planned that the British government and the Indian company Bharti Global will spend $500 million each to acquire shares in the company.

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