Bharti-backed satellite communications firm OneWeb along with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch 36 satellites on March 26 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota on Isro’s launch vehicle Mark-III.
The launch is important for OneWeb to begin global coverage of satellite communications in 2023.
This will be OneWeb’s 18th launch and third this year This mission also marks the company’s second satellite launch from India.
OneWeb says it will bring secure solutions not only to enterprises, but also to cities, villages, municipalities and schools, including the most hard-to-reach areas across the country.
On March 10, the company launched 40 new satellites into orbit with SpaceX, the Elon Musk-owned spacecraft manufacturing company, from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, bringing its total number of satellites in space to 582. The agency aims to take its total number of satellites in space to 648.
“We are now just one mission away from completing our Gen 1 constellation, which will enable global service in 2023. Now more than ever, OneWeb offers connectivity solutions at scale and partners dedicated to continuing the momentum we’ve built from the past 17 successful launches to innovate alongside our loyal customers,” said Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb.
OneWeb already has connectivity solutions in Alaska, Canada, the UK, Greenland and the wider Arctic, and the company is bringing new areas online through partnerships with VEON, Orange, Galaxy Broadband, Paratus, Telespazio and more.
“Along with our distribution partners, OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency solutions will help connect communities, enterprises and governments around the world, demonstrating the unparalleled potential of LEO (Low Earth Orbit) connectivity,” the company said.
In October last year, OneWeb launched 36 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in collaboration with ISRO and NSIL.
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