A source in the rocket and space industry confirmed to the Russian RIA Novosti news agency that the launch of one group of OneWeb satellites from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has been postponed to next year in order to save money.
The source indicated that this group is one of the four groups that are scheduled to be launched during the current year. The launch dates for OneWeb satellite groups became as follows: August 2, September 9, and the end of December 2021. The launch of one of the groups has been postponed to next 2022, to save money and not pay additional money to Kazakhstan for using the area where the first stage of the Soyuz-2 transport missile will fall. . Another source confirmed this information, indicating that the launch date of this group will be October 7 from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.
It is noteworthy that a source in the sector had announced last April that the launch dates for the OneWeb satellite groups are August 2, 26, September 18, and the end of December 2021.
It should be noted that the Parliament of Kazakhstan had ratified an agreement with Russia on the launch of Soyuz-2 missiles from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with OneWeb satellites onboard in the northern direction. A thousand dollars annually, with no more than three missiles. An amount of 50 thousand dollars must be paid for each additional missile, according to Novosti.