Satellite company OneWeb has signed a deal with Elon Musk’s SpaceX a few weeks later to launch satellite launches again. It suspended such tasks Amid Western tensions with Russia after the Moscow invasion of Ukraine.
The UK government-owned OneWeb said on Monday that the first launch of the SpaceX rocket is expected to expand its current orbit to 428 satellites this year.
“With these launch projects, we are on track to build our entire satellites and provide a strong, fast, secure connection around the world,” said Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb.
The deal with the rocket company Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, came after the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Withdrew cooperation in some projects Earlier this month, some rocket operations were disrupted.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted international space cooperation. Roscosmos has raised doubts about its future involvement at the International Space Station This stopped the supply of rocket engines To the United States
Roscosmos has threatened to block OneWeb’s communications satellites from being launched unless they are guaranteed to be used for military purposes. The agency suggested that Britain should withdraw the shares, and the idea was soon rejected by the British government.
SpaceX launches its own communications satellites. The Starlink system is in competition with OneWeb.
“We thank SpaceX for their support, which reflects our shared vision for the infinite possibilities of space,” he said. Masterson said.