UK-based One Web’s 36 satellites arrive in Sriharikota for launch

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The Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) will be launching UK-based One Web’s 36 satellites in an exclusive commercial launch using its heavy home grown rocket GSLV-MKIII from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota SDSC-SHAR.

All the 36 satellites arrived at the spaceport of Sriharikota on Tuesday, One Web said in a statement in its twitter handle.

The date of the launch was expected to be announced soon after the mandatory checks are carried out at the satellites, ISRO sources aid.

OneWeb’s 36 satellites arrive at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota SDSC-SHAR, India, ahead of first dedicated commercial launch for NewSpace India Limited using GSLV-MkIII rocket”, it said from London.

With this launch, OneWeb will have more than 70% of its planned Gen-1 Low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation in orbit as it progresses to deliver high-speed, low-latency connectivity services around the world.

OneWeb has partnered with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO to facilitate this launch, which will be the company’s 14th overall and the satellites will be put into orbit by the heaviest ISRO rocket, the GSLV-MkIII, from the SDSC.

One additional launch will take place this year and three more are targeted for early next year to complete the constellation, the statement said.

With a vision to deliver transformative connectivity around the world, the upcoming launch will be a pivotal moment for OneWeb, demonstrating tremendous momentum and progress
towards delivering global coverage next year.

OneWeb resumes its launch programme with leading partners in the Satcom industry and the company’s services are already available in Alaska, Canada, UK, and the Arctic region.

India’s Bharti Enterprises, a major investor and shareholder in OneWeb, this year announced a distribution partnership with Hughes Communications India Private Ltd. (HCIPL).
OneWeb will connect towns, villages, and local and regional municipalities in the hardest-to-reach areas, thus playing a critical role in bridging the digital divide across India, the statement said.

Neil Masterson, OneWeb CEO, said “OneWeb’s dedication to industry collaboration has allowed us to successfully navigate the ever changing global environment and prepare for yet another milestone launch.”

“We are proud of our ability to adapt and remain on track to deliver global connectivity in the hardest to reach places. With many thanks to our top-of-the line partners ISRO and NSIL, as well as our shareholder Bharti Global for their continued stewardship, we were able to facilitate this upcoming pioneering launch in Sriharikota, India”, Neil said.

NSIL CMD Radhakrishnan.D said “Undertaking the launch of 36 OneWeb satellites on-board GSLV-MkIII from India is a historic moment for NSIL and ISRO.”

“We are excited to see the arrival of the satellites and the ground support equipment in India in preparation for the launch. Teams at NSIL/ISRO are sincerely working towards providing the best of the launch service solutions and support for OneWeb satellites, and we wish their teams great success in their forthcoming activities at SDSC-SHAR and launch”, he said.

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