LVM3 successfully places 36 satellites in orbit: OneWeb’s 36 satellites were successfully orbited by the biggest rocket ever launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LVM3 or GSLV Mark 3), which lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. With this 14th launch, OneWeb will have 462 satellites in its constellation. This launch represents more than 70% of the 648 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that are expected to be deployed globally to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity.
ISRO rocket, LVM3 successfully places 36 satellites in orbit: Key Points
- 36 satellites totaling 5,796 kg, or approximately 5.7 tonne, were carried by the 43.5-meter LVM3, which was around 644 tonnes in weight.
- LVM3 has entered the market for international commercial launch services with this launch.
- The LVM3-M2 dedicated commercial satellite mission is being carried out by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) that is part of the Indian government’s Department of Space.
- This mission is being carried out as part of the business agreement between NSIL and the U.K.-based Network Access Associates Limited (m/s OneWeb Ltd).
- OneWeb is a partnership between the British government and Bharti Enterprises of India.
LVM3 successfully places 36 satellites in orbit: About One Web’s Mission
- OneWeb is still on target to activate global coverage in 2023 with just four more launches, and its connectivity solutions are now operational in areas north of 50 degrees latitude.
- OneWeb’s commitment to supplying connectivity throughout all of India by 2023 is demonstrated by its relationship with NSIL and ISRO.
- OneWeb will provide safe solutions not only to businesses but also to towns, villages, municipalities, and schools, including those in the country’s most remote regions, from Ladakh to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh.
- One hour after launch, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath told the media that all of the satellites had successfully split.
- S. Somanath said that the separation of the satellites takes time. He claimed the mission went just as expected and that it was a historic mission that was completed in the quickest amount of time.
- A further 36 satellites would be launched in the upcoming M3 mission.
It is a new chapter for India in the space sector, according to Sunil Bharti Mittal, CEO of Bharti Enterprises, whose business is one of the main investors in OneWeb. He emphasised that the lack of launch vehicles is a fantastic opportunity for ISRO.