A Russian Soyuz rocket has launched into space with 34 new satellites from the British operator Oneweb, which aims to provide broadband internet worldwide.
The European Arianespace rocket successfully lifted off on Saturday at 2213 GMT from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the space agency Roscosmos said in a statement.
It was the fifth launch of OneWeb satellites this year, and the last on July 1.
OneWeb is completing the construction of a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit that will provide enhanced broadband and other services to countries around the world.
The company is pitted against billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in the race to provide high-speed internet via satellites to the remote regions of the world.
The British company plans to have its global commercial internet service operational by next year, supported by some 650 satellites.
Arianespace, which has been working with Russia for nearly two decades, is under contract to make 16 Soyuz launches between December 2020 and the end of 2022.
With this latest mission, there are now a total of 288 satellites orbiting the constellation.
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