The source told about the plans on repair of Baikonur

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Assembly and test building of pad 31 of Baikonur cosmodrome, which will launch OneWeb satellites, rekonstruiruet in anticipation of the launches of rockets «Soyuz-2.1 a» with this load, reported RIA Novosti a source at the cosmodrome.

«In the Central hall of the Assembly and test facility is changing the flooring will be removed and the concrete floor is poured instead. Replacement flooring will significantly improve the purity of the air in the room,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

In addition, experts examine the ventilation system and power supply housing. Also there is a repair of certain facilities at the launch complex.

The source recalled that the first launch from Baikonur OneWeb satellites will take place six months after the qualification start from Kourou in French Guiana. «Current schedule assumes that the launch from Kourou will be made in mid-February, 2019, and, accordingly, launches from Baikonur under the program OneWeb will begin in late summer or early fall of 2019», — he said.

Informed source RIA Novosti reported that in order to prepare the spaceport for launches OneWeb, 31 site postponed the starts of the two cargo ships «Progress of MS» to the first venue, the so-called «Gagarin’s start».

The constellation of satellites of the British company OneWeb will be deployed with the help of Russian carrier rockets «Soyuz-2». For this chartered 21 the launch of national carriers to five from Kourou, ten and six Baikonur from the cosmodrome East.

British satellite system high speed Internet OneWeb will build on the work of 672 spacecraft on two circular orbits of 800 and 950 kilometers. Another important component of the project are the gateway station, which will distribute the Internet in serviced areas. Initially it is planned to build 50 stations of the pairing, and in the future they must be placed at a distance of about 2.5 thousand kilometers from each other around the globe.

For the manufacture of satellites (including reserves, is scheduled to produce about 900 spacecraft), the payment of launch services and the construction of the ground terminal and the control center, the campaign OneWeb LLC plans to raise up to three billion dollars of private capital and has already enlisted the support of many influential corporations.