March 26 launch to complete OneWeb’s first constellation – Times of India

BENGALURU: Bharti-backed OneWeb, which is scheduled to launch 36 more of its satellites on GSLV-Mk3 or LVM3 at 9am on March 26, will complete placing all of its first-generation low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation in space if the mission succeeds.
“This launch, the 18th to-date, will be one of the most significant milestones in OneWeb’s history, with the launch adding an additional 36 satellites to the OneWeb fleet, the first ever completed global LEO constellation,” the firm said on Thursday.
It added that by completing the constellation, OneWeb is taking a pivotal step forward in delivering global coverage.
“Alongside 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 connectivity. This mission marks OneWeb’s second satellite deployment from India, highlighting the collaboration between the UK and Indian space industries,” it said.
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.
“OneWeb already has connectivity solutions active today in key geographies across the globe and is bringing new areas online by partnering with leading providers including VEON, Orange, Galaxy Broadband, Paratus, Telespazio, and more,” the firm said.
This is OneWeb’s second commercial mission using an Indian rocket as part of its contract with Space PSU NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) after the first mission was carried out flawlessly last year.
On March 9, the company confirmed the successful deployment and contact of 40 satellites launched by SpaceX from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
The SpaceX launch was OneWeb’s 17th and the penultimate mission before the company completes its first-generation (Gen 1) LEO satellite constellation and to enable global coverage in 2023.
“With 582 satellites now in orbit, OneWeb will complete the global footprint of its Gen 1 constellation with a launch set to take place with Isro/NSIL,” the firm said.

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