India’s ISRO launches 36 satellites of OneWeb on board its heaviest launch vehicle

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched on Sunday 36 satellites on board its Launch Vehicle Mark-III (LVM-III) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota located in South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The ISRO said after the launch: “16 out of the 36 satellites have been separated. The rest will be separated in a region of radio non-visibility and we will receive confirmation of that after some time.” The satellites are owned by British OneWeb company headquartered in London.

The launch was carried out on board 43.5 meter long and heaviest Indian launch vehicle at 9 AM (Local Time) and 16 satellites each weighing 150 kg were separated and placed in 450 kms circular orbit. India is emerging as an expert in providing launching services and ISRO is vying for more customers.

The OneWeb had signed a deal with NewSpace India Ltd which is the business arm of the ISRO to launch 72 satellites. The ISRO had placed 36 satellites of the British company which is backed by Indian telecommunications major Bharti Group in 23 October 2022.

Source: Kuwait News Agency