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Isro rocket with 36 OneWeb LEO satellites lifts off from Indian space centre


Synopsis The launch was the 18th for OneWeb while for Isro, it would be the second mission in 2023 after the successful launch of SSLV/D2-EOS07 undertaken in February. It will position OneWeb to start global satellite broadband services, including in India, by July-August 2023. IANS Bharti Group-backed OneWeb has launched another batch of 36 satellites from Isro ’s space centre in Sriharikota on March 26.

Sunday’s launch — the company’s 18th — takes OneWeb’s low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite count to 618, positioning it to start global satellite broadband services by end-2023. “The OneWeb constellation design calls for 588 satellites for global coverage and the additional satellites are planned for resiliency and redundancy,” the UK-based company said in an official statement. OneWeb added that by the year-end, it would be ready to roll out global coverage, enhancing its existing connectivity solutions that are already live in regions north of 50-degrees latitude as it brings new areas online by partnering with leading providers.

“I am particularly proud that OneWeb has crossed the threshold to be able to provide its global coverage in India, a country whose ambitions in enhancing Space-based connectivity are being driven by NewSpace India and ISRO…under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government’s target to significantly expand access to high-speed internet connectivity is vital, and OneWeb is grateful for all the support,” Bharti Enterprises chairman, said in an official statement Sunday. Mittal, who is also OneWeb’s executive chairman, said half the world’s population still does not have access to fast, reliable connectivity and today’s launch represents a major step towards closing the digital divide. “I am delighted that the UK and India are at the forefront of the developments.

” The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) deployed its heaviest rocket , the LVM3, for carrying 36 OneWeb satellites that lifted off from its space port in Sriharikota on Sunday. Isro said, this was the second dedicated mission for NewSpace India Ltd — the commercial arm of ISRO – as part of a pact signed with Network Access Associates Ltd , a OneWeb Group company, for launch of 72 low-earth orbit satellites. “With this launch of LVM3, through the NewSpace India Ltd, Isro is confident of handling many more such launches on demand for both LEO and GEO missions in the future,” said Somanath S, secretary, Department of Space and chairman, Isro.

Co-owned by Bharti Group and the UK government, OneWeb had bagged the crucial GMPCS (global mobile personal communications by satellite services) permit from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) about a year ago. Across India, OneWeb will bring secured solutions not only to enterprises but also to towns, villages, municipalities and schools, including the hardest to reach areas across the country, the company said. Private satellite players like OneWeb are waiting for the government to notify the new Spacecom policy, which will define the role of Indian National Space Promotion & Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) — a central regulatory body — and authorise it to issue the vital landing rights and market access clearances.

Besides OneWeb, Reliance Jio has also received a GMPCS licence to roll out satellite broadband services. ElonMusk’s Starlink and Nelco , a Tata group satcom company, have also applied for the same permit. Amazon’s Project Kuiper too is eyeing the emerging satellite broadband opportunity in India.

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