London-based satellite communications company Network Access Associated Limited (OneWeb) said on Sunday its partnership with ISRO and commercial arm of space agency NSIL showed its commitment to provide connectivity across India by 2023.
From Ladakh to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh, OneWeb will offer secure solutions not only to businesses but also to cities, villages, communities and schools, including the hardest-to-reach areas across the country, it said.
“OneWeb’s commitment to improving connectivity in India is supported by Bharti Global, its largest investor,” the company said in a statement.
OneWeb confirmed the successful deployment of 36 satellites launched by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC-SHAR) in Sriharikota.
“This launch by ISRO and NSIL is one of the largest commercial contracts from India’s leading space agency and the first to use the LVM3 rocket,” noted OneWeb. The start took place on Sunday at 00:07.
OneWeb’s satellites successfully separated from the rocket and were spread out in nine phases over a period of one hour and 15 minutes, with signal acquisition confirmed on all 36 satellites.
This is OneWeb’s 14th launch, bringing the constellation to 462 satellites. This launch represents more than 70 percent of its planned fleet of 648 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, which it says will deliver high-speed, low-latency connectivity worldwide.
With just four more launches to go, OneWeb remains on track to enable global coverage in 2023, while its connectivity solutions are already operational in regions north of the 50th parallel.
“This (Sunday’s launch) will pave the way for more launches in the future. Interaction with OneWeb was so seamless, right from satellite reception to injection,” ISRO Chairman S. Somanath was quoted as saying.
OneWeb Executive Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal said today’s launch is a significant milestone for OneWeb.
“This new phase of our launch program from India brings us one step closer to not only enhancing our global coverage, but also delivering connectivity across India and South Asia, particularly to the communities that need it most,” Mittal said.
“Today my dream of having an Indian element in the OneWeb constellation has been realized. This launch with ISRO and NSIL opens up opportunities for the space sector in India for billions of dollars to flow into the country,” he added.
NSIL Chairman-cum-Managing Director Radhakrishnan D said, “We look forward to strengthening our partnership with OneWeb and leveraging the potential of LEO connectivity to deliver broadband services across India.”
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