SpaceX rescues Starlink rival after Russia abandons them

After running out of rockets on March 5 to power a new set of satellites in space, the British telecommunications company OneWeb saw in SpaceX the solution to all your problems. Although the two companies are often seen as competitors, the two have shown great partnership amidst all the chaos generated by Ukraine’s war for space race. And it is that Elon Musk’s company will make its rockets available to OneWeb after the latter saw its mission canceled for refusing to meet the strict requirements of the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos).

Elon Musk has already shown himself on several occasions ready to do everything on his side to help companies that are affected by the decisions of Roscosmos. For example, after the Russian agency refused to continue supplying rockets to NASA, SpaceX agreed to lend its rockets for the upcoming releases.

However, this collaboration did not surprise anyone. At the end, NASA and SpaceX they had worked together before. What is particularly curious is that he decides to help another company with a project similar to Elon Musk’s Starlink. However, in the statements to The edgeresponsible for the governance, regulation and engagement of OneWeb, Chris McLaughlin, explained that in reality, their missions are very different. Both are focused on sending a large fleet of satellites into space to provide coverage across the planet. However, SpaceX focuses on individual customers and OneWeb on governments. Each has their plot, but to achieve it now, they will have to work together.

Disrupting OneWeb’s plans

The last OneWeb satellite shipment was scheduled for March 5, 2022, in full ukrainian war. However, a few days before, when everything was ready in the Baikonur Spaceportin Kazakhstan, the director of Roscosmos, Dimitri Rogozin, outlined a series of mandatory conditions for carrying out the expedition in their Soyuz rockets.

On the one hand, Oneweb should make a commitment to its customers not to use satellites with end of war against Russia. On the other hand, the UK should withdraw all your shares to the telecommunications company. Considering that the UK government is one of its main investors, meeting these requirements would have put OneWeb out of business. None of them agreed to Russia’s terms, so