Russia refused to launch 36 satellites of the British OneWeb program of the main competitor of Elon Musk's StarLink space program.
In total, 648 satellites were going to be launched under the program.
< br /> The head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said that launches will not happen unless guarantees are received that the satellites will not be used for military purposes against the Russian Federation: If we do not receive such confirmation from our partners by 21.30 March 4, the rocket will be removed from the start and the satellites will be sent to the assembly and testing building.
“We also believe that the real guarantee that OneWeb will operate exclusively for civilian purposes is the withdrawal from the British government shareholders. If this does not happen, we will not accept any guarantees,” Rogozin said.