Isro launched the first batch of 36 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in October last year.
New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 25, 2023 5:29 p.m. HST
OneWeb had signed with Isro and SpaceX after Russia refused launch services. (Photo: Isro)
By India Today Web Desk: A few months after OneWeb launched a batch of satellites with the Indian Space Research Organization (Isro), the UK-based company sent the second batch to India. The second batch of 36 satellites left the company’s UK facilities on Wednesday on an Antonov aircraft.
The satellites are expected to be launched by ISRO on LVM-3 in March this year. Isro had renamed the GSLV-MkIII launchers to LVM-3 for launch.
“Our satellites have now been loaded ahead of our next launch with Isro. This is the last time we will load an Antonov aircraft with our satellites for Gen1, demonstrating how close we are to truly global connectivity,” OneWeb said. in a tweet. the plane took off.
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Isro launched the first batch of 36 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in October last year. The launch is part of two launch service contracts with M/s Network Access Associated Limited (M/s OneWeb) to launch the satellites.
OneWeb recently completed its 16th launch to date, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in Florida, to bring its total constellation to 542 satellites, more than 80% of its Gen1 constellation. “OneWeb remains on track to initiate global coverage in 2023, while its connectivity solutions are already active in the wider Arctic region, including Canada, Alaska, the UK and beyond” , the company said in a statement.
Once the satellites reach India, they will be mated and integrated with LVM-3 and subjected to key tests to verify mission validity.
OneWeb had signed with Isro and SpaceX after Russia refused launch services following the war in Ukraine and sanctions from Western countries. The Soyuz rocket was deployed during the launch at the Russian-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan when the Russian space agency submitted requests to the British government to launch the satellite.
The demands included a guarantee that OneWeb satellites will not be used for military purposes and that the British government withdraw as a shareholder of OneWeb.
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