As we know, not only SpaceX is engaged in a project to provide Internet access via orbiting satellites. There are already several such projects, and OneWeb already has its own spacecraft in orbit. In March there were 74 of them, today it became known that OneWeb will launch 36 more satellites in December this year.
The launch will take place from Vostochny Cosmodrome using Soyuz rocket. In total, the company intends to launch 16 Soyuz missiles with its satellites on board between 2020 and 2022. Taking into account that about 35 OneWeb satellites are usually put into orbit during one launch, it turns out that by the end of 2022, the British company will launch about 560 satellites through Russian Soyuz alone. And this coincides with the early data, according to which the first phase implies 648 satellites in orbit. Now there are already 74 of them.
On the one hand, development of such projects “accelerates progress”, on the other hand, astronomers are already complaining about SpaceX satellites, though there are not so many of them yet. It is difficult to say what will happen in ten years, when there will probably be tens of thousands of such satellites in the framework of such projects in orbit.