The Russian Soyuz-ST-B launch vehicle from the Kourou space center in Guyana (French department) successfully launched British O3b satellites into Earth orbit. The information appeared on the official Internet portal of the state corporation "Roscosmos".
Earlier it was reported that the start had to be postponed for 33 minutes due to the detected malfunction of the ground tracking station "Brittany-1", which was quickly repaired. The company-operator of the airport Arianespace launched on its website a live broadcast of the launch, which all interested users could watch.
The report also says that the separation of the vehicles from the upper stage has passed without any problems, and the satellites have already taken their places in the calculated orbits and have begun work.
Not only the French company Arianespace and Glavkosmos, among whom the agreement was signed, participated in the preparation process and the launch itself, but also the leading Russian enterprises in the rocket and space industry at Progress RCC, TsENKI, and Lavochkin Scientific Production Association.
O3b satellites are needed for fast Internet operation, and from 2013 to 2018 a total of 16 units were launched using the Russian Soyuz missiles launched from the Kourou cosmodrome.
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