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Satellites launched to provide worldwide Internet






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A company has successfully launched six satellites in a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at making "affordable" Internet accessible to every corner of Earth. The company is called OneWeb. Its six satellites were put into orbit in a launch from French Guiana on board a Russian Soyuz rocket. OneWeb said it is planning a space network of 900 satellites. OneWeb will send more Internet satellites into space at the end of this year. The company plans to launch several rockets every month, each carrying 39 satellites. Only 648 satellites are needed to provide global Internet coverage.

OneWeb's CEO was excited about the launch. He said it would greatly transform the lives of millions of people. He told reporters: "We're going to connect lots of people who are not currently connected. We're going to start by focusing on connecting schools...boats...planes, and...huge swathes of the planet." Not everyone is happy with this network. China is supposedly testing jammers to block the network. North Korea might fear the network could damage its national security. Russia is worried that the network could be used to gather intelligence.

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