This week should be interesting for space launches. On Thursday, the Inspiration4 mission will launch on a Falcon 9. The crew of four will orbit the Earth for several days before returning.
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The launches this week will be quite ordinary. OneWeb will get 34 new internet satellites in space and China even wants to launch an internet satellite as a test before establishing a constellation.
OneWeb and BT have announced a new agreement that'll see the firms explore how they can work together to deliver internet connectivity to businesses and communities in hard to reach areas of the UK.
This week we will see SpaceX and OneWeb orbit more satellites that will beam internet connectivity back to Earth. China also re-attempt its Tianzhou-2 supply mission to the Chinese Space Station.
OneWeb has formed a partnership with the Canadian firm ROCK Networks. OneWeb is due to begin providing connectivity to ROCK Networks' customers, including Canada's military, in November.
SpaceX is planning to launch its Starship SN11 sometime this week. The firm still hasn't performed a perfect landing of the craft but it has been improving its technique after each test.
OneWeb is working with SatixFy to develop In-Flight Connectivity terminals. The terminals will be installed on commercial aircraft and provide internet access from OneWeb's LEO satellites.
The UK government has led a consortium to buy the satellite firm OneWeb after it filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The government has paid $500 million and the private sector chipped in too.
OneWeb has announced that it's filing for bankruptcy. The firm was responsible for launching several internet-providing satellites but the economic situation caused by COVID-19 caused it to fail.
A paper has looked at the expected effect of internet satellites on telescope astronomy. It said the issue is manageable and that the first and last hours of the night will be impacted most.
The UK-based satellite firm, OneWeb, has won £18 million in funding from the UK Space Agency. Using these funds, it will create a satellite array that provides internet connectivity worldwide.