A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted into space carrying 34 new satellites from UK's OneWeb. It aims to provide broadband internet everywhere in the world. OneWeb is competing against Elon Musk & Jeff Bezos in the race to provide fast internet via satellites.

       

Russian Soyuz Rocket Launches 34 New UK Satellites

WHAT?

A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted into space carrying 34 new satellites from British operator OneWeb.

WHEN?

The rocket took off at 1807 GMT Tuesday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

HOW?

It was the sixth launch of OneWeb satellites this year, the last one having been on August 22.

OneWeb is working to complete the construction of a constellation of low-earth orbit satellites providing enhanced broadband and other services to countries worldwide.

The company is competing against billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in the race to provide fast internet for the world's remote areas via satellites.

The UK company plans for its global commercial internet service to be operational by next year, supported by some 650 satellites.

With this latest mission, a total of 288 satellites are now in orbit for the constellation.