The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) may launch the second batch of OneWeb satellites on March 26.
ISRO under OneWeb, a low earth observation satellite (LEO) communications firm backed by Bharti Enterprises, will launch 36 satellites.
The 36 satellites launched by ISRO’s Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota are the second batch of satellites launched from India.
In October last year, 36 OneWeb Gen-1 satellites were launched as part of a commercial agreement between NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO, and OneWeb Limited.
OneWeb successfully deployed 40 satellites on March 9, which were launched by SpaceX from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The recent launch was the final mission to complete OneWeb’s Gen 1 LEO satellite constellation.
“OneWeb’s first generation (Gen 1) LEO satellite constellation and enables global coverage in 2023. With 582 satellites now in orbit, OneWeb will complete the global footprint of the Gen 1 constellation with a launch schedule with ISRO/NSIL later this month,” OneWeb said.
“Today’s launch is an exciting milestone as we are now just one mission away from completing our Gen 1 constellation, which will enable global service in 2023,” OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson said following the successful launch.
Last year, NSIL signed two launch service agreements with Network Access Associated Limited (OneWeb) to launch OneWeb LEO broadband communication satellite on-board LVM3.
NSIL said this agreement with OneWeb is a historic milestone for NSIL and ISRO, as LVM3, enters the global commercial launch services market.
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