ISRO launches a new mission, launching 36 satellites into low-Earth orbit
New Delhi – The LVM3-M3/OneWeb India-2 mission was successfully launched by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on Sunday, March 26, 2023, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. 36 OneWeb Gen-1 satellites weighing a combined 5,805 kg were launched into a 450 km circular orbit by the LVM3 with an inclination of 87.4 degrees.
At 09:00:20 IST +5:30 hours, the vehicle launched from SDSC-second SHAR’s launch pad in Sriharikota.
“After about 17 minutes, it reached the necessary conditions for satellite injection, and starting in the 20th minute, it started injecting the satellites. In order to prevent satellite collision, the vehicle executed a complex manoeuvre to orient in orthogonal directions and injected the satellites into precise orbits with predetermined time gaps “According to a statement from the Indian space agency.
In accordance with a business agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), this was Network Access Associates Limited’s second mission to launch 72 satellites into low-Earth orbit.
On October 23, 2022, the LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 mission launched the first batch of 36 satellites.
This year, OneWeb will be able to deliver connection all throughout India because to the collaboration between ISRO and NSIL.
In a previous official release, it was stated that “OneWeb will deliver protected solutions not just to enterprises but also to cities, villages, municipalities, and schools, including the hardest-to-reach locations across the country” (from Ladakh to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh).
OneWeb’s major investor, Bharti Global, supports the company’s commitment to enhancing connectivity in India.
It was LVM3, formerly known as the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MkIII, sixth flight (GSLVMkIII). The Chandrayaan-2 mission was one of five consecutively successful missions for the LVM3.
Notably, since 1999, India has launched 422 foreign spacecraft, bringing the total number of satellites launched by the country to yet.