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ISRO's heaviest rocket successfully put 36 satellites into orbit

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Weighing approximately 644 tons, the 43.5-metre Launch Vehicle Mark 3 carried 36 satellites weighing 5,796 kg, or approximately 5.7 tons.

Weighing approximately 644 tons, the 43.5-metre Launch Vehicle Mark 3 carried 36 satellites weighing 5,796 kg, or approximately 5.7 tons.

Sriharikota successfully orbited the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) heaviest rocket Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LVM3 or GSLV Mark 3), taking off from Satish Dhawan Space Center SHAR’s second launch pad (SLP) at 12.07 (IST). 36 satellites of UK-based OneWeb.

This is OneWeb’s 14th launch and brings the constellation to 462 satellites. This launch represents more than 70% of the planned fleet of 648 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites that will provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity worldwide.

Weighing about 644 tons, the 43.5-metre LVM3 was carrying 36 satellites weighing 5,796 kg, or about 5.7 tons. With this launch, LVM3 entered the global commercial launch service market.

watch | ISRO’s private commercial satellite mission LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 takes off

LVM3-M2 is the private commercial satellite mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) subordinate to the Ministry of Space, Government of India. This task is undertaken as part of a commercial agreement between NSIL and a UK-based company, m/s Network Access Associates Limited (m/s OneWeb Ltd). OneWeb is a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises of India and the UK government.

OneWeb is on track to enable global coverage in 2023, while connectivity solutions are already available in regions north of 50 degrees latitude. This partnership with NSIL and ISRO demonstrates OneWeb’s commitment to providing connectivity throughout the entire length. and the breadth of India by 2023. From Ladakh to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, OneWeb will bring secure solutions not only to businesses but also to towns, villages, municipalities and schools, including the hardest-to-reach areas across the country.

Addressing the media an hour after takeoff, ISRO President S. Somanath said that all satellites had successfully departed. He mentioned that satellite separation is a slow process. Noting that this is a historic mission accomplished as soon as possible, he said the mission took place exactly as planned. He also stated that they will deploy 36 more satellites in the next M3 mission.

Mr. Somnath also said, “LVM3 is primarily designed to launch geostationary satellites with a 4T payload capacity that can be used to launch 6T payloads for LEO.” “Meeting the customer’s expectations of launching 36 satellites in 9 stages with precision is a critical mission. The mission is designed so that the C25 stage will handle this operation using in-house built-in inertial navigation systems. ”

Sunil Bharti Mittal, CEO of Bharti Enterprises, one of OneWeb’s biggest investors, said this is a new chapter in the space industry for India. He pointed out that there is a shortage of launch vehicles and that this is a huge opportunity for ISRO.

Mittal said, “I am proud to be here in Sriharikota with our partners ISRO and NSIL. Today my dream of having an Indian element in the OneWeb constellation has come true. This launch with ISRO and NSIL opens the space sector in India with the possibility of billions of dollars flowing into the country.”

ISRO's private commercial satellite mission LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 takes off on Sunday.

ISRO’s private commercial satellite mission LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 takes off on Sunday. | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

D. Radhakrishnan, Chairman and Managing Director of NewSpace India Limited, said, “We have worked closely with the OneWeb team to support this landmark launch, which took place in a record few months, while also demonstrating opportunities. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with satellite link OneWeb in India and tapping into the potential of LEO connectivity to deliver broadband services across India.”

Prime Minister congratulated ISRO

After the rocket successfully placed 36 satellites in targeted orbits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that ISRO has joined NewSpace India Ltd. Congratulations to (NSIL) and IN-SPACE.

“Congratulations to @NSIL_India @INSPACEIND @ISRO on the successful launch of our heaviest launch vehicle, LVM3, with 36 OneWeb satellites for global connectivity. “LVM3 sets an example for Atmanirbharta and enhances India’s competitive edge in the global commercial launch service market.”

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