The launch was planned for February 19th.
The launch of OneWeb communications satellites using the Soyuz launch vehicle will be postponed due to rocket problems, company founder Greg Wyler reported on Twitter. He noted that the satellites are ready to launch. How long the launch was postponed, Wyler did not specify.
It’s true, there is an anomoly on the rocket which will cause us to push out the launch. Our satellites are fine and ready to go! More to come…
— Greg Wyler (@greg_wyler) January 31, 2019
A message on the OneWeb website states that another check revealed “technical problems” at the upper stage of the Fregat launch vehicle. What kind of problems found in the rocket, the company did not specify. OneWeb noted that it conducts additional testing and evaluates any potential impact on launch.
On January 14, a source in the space industry told Interfax that the first launch of OneWeb satellites is scheduled for February 19 from the Kourou cosmodrome in French Guiana.
In the fall of 2018, Kommersant reported that the FSB considers the OneWeb satellite network a threat to national security, which is why Roskosmos “may suffer serious losses.”