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OneWeb Uses Rival Musk’s Rockets After Russia Blocks Arianespace

OneWeb satellite

OneWeb satellite

Photographer: Hugh Hastings/Getty Images

OneWeb Ltd will use rival Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to launch satellites after Russia blocked deployments planned with French rocket company Arianespace SA.

The back-up plan, which was announced Monday in a statement, will let OneWeb continue deploying the remaining 220 spacecraft out of its initial planned fleet of 648. With them, it plans to beam broadband down from low-Earth orbit to businesses and government customers.