ISRO is set to launch 36 low Earth orbit satellites later this month for UK-based OneWeb that will complete its first-generation constellation to deliver internet through space around the world.
“Exciting news from India as we confirm the encapsulation of our 36 satellites ahead of OneWebLaunch18; our final launch that will complete our Gen 1 constellation,” OneWeb said on Twitter.
OneWeb chief technology officer Massimiliano Ladovaz tweeted, “Target date is March 26th Go OneWeb.”
India’s private satellite communications company Bharti Enterprises is a major investor and shareholder.
OneWeb’s 36 satellites arrived in India on February 16 from its satellite manufacturing unit in Florida for integration with the launch vehicle Mark III.
In October last year, ISRO successfully launched the first batch of 36 satellites by OneWeb from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, marking LVM-3’s entry into the global commercial launch services market.
NewSpace India, a central public sector enterprise under the Department of Space, had earlier signed two launch service agreements with London-headquartered Network Access Associated Ltd, which runs OneWeb.
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