OneWeb and Arianespace agreed on the resumption of communications satellite launches

OneWeb and Arianespace agreed on the resumption of communications satellite launches

OneWeb, a British satellite communications operator, has entered into an agreement with the French space company Arianespace, which will support the provider, and will also use its missiles to launch the spacecraft into orbit. The details of the contract are not disclosed and are available on the French company's website.

"After the suspension of OneWeb launches in March 2022, OneWeb and Arianespace reached an agreement that the implementation of the launch service agreement could be resumed in the future," states a message circulated by companies.

Arianespace will support OneWeb in the upcoming launches, even if they are carried out by other companies — in particular, the two missions that NewSpace India Limited, a member of India's National Space Agency ISRO, has taken over. In addition, Arianespace and OneWeb will continue to cooperate fully: it is stated that the possibility of using new Ariane 6 missiles to launch second-generation communications satellites will be explored.

OneWeb was in a difficult situation following the break-up of its relationship with Roscosmos last March. Roscosmos signed a contract with Arianespace for 21 commercial launches of 672 space system satellites by the British company OneWeb on Soyuz-2 missiles.

In late March, the provider entered into an agreement with SpaceX and joined New Space India in April. In July, OneWeb agreed to merge with French Eutelsat into a single European satellite operator.