April 19, 2024 17:11 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
Maldives opposition demands President Muizzu's impeachment over leaked reports alleging corruption by him | AAP claims conspiracy to kill Arvind Kejriwal after mango eating row | India successfully tests Indigenous Technology Subsonic Cruise Missile | Telangana missionary school vandalised after students questioned over saffron attire | Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra's properties attached by ED in Bitcoin scam
ISRO to launch 36 broadband satellites today: Countdown begins for LVM3-M2/One Web India-1 mission ISRO
Image: ISRO Twitter page

ISRO to launch 36 broadband satellites today: Countdown begins for LVM3-M2/One Web India-1 mission

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Oct 2022, 05:53 pm

Sriharikota: The 24 hour countdown for the tomorrow's morning launch of 36 satellites of the UK-based One Web using the heaviest rocket Launcher GSLV-MkIII--rechristened as LVM3-M2--from the spaceport of Sriharikota, SHAR Range, commenced today morning.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sources said the countdown began at 12.07 a.m. on  Saturday morning.

The launch will take place from the Second Launch Pad at 12.07 A.M. tomorrow.

During the countdown, propellant filling operations will be carried out in the three-stage vehicle.

This would be an exclusive dedicated commercial mission by the Indian Space Agency.

ISRO has redesignated the GSLV-MkIII as LVM-3 as the rocket will inject the satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and not in the Geo-Synchronous Transfer Orbit for which the Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) has been designed.

About 20 minutes after lift off, the 43.5 m tall 3-stage vehicle, with a total lift-off mass of 644 tonnes, will place the satellites into circular LEO of 601 km with an inclination of 87.4 Deg to the equator.

This mission is the fifth flight of LVM3 and with this launch, LVM3 is making its entry into the 'Global Commercial Launch Service Market'.

ISRO said it is the first multi-satellite mission with 36 OneWeb Satellites to the LEO as the heaviest payload mass of 5,796 kg of LVM3 till date.

This is the first commercial mission of LVM3, first multi-satellite mission with 36 OneWeb satellites onboard, First launch of LVM3 to LEO, First Indian rocket with six ton payload, First NSIL mission with LVM3 and the First OneWeb Mission with NSIL/DoS.

OneWeb is a global communication network powered from space enabling connectivity for governments, businesses and communities. It is implementing a constellation of LEO satellites.

India's Bharti Enterprises serves as a major investor and shareholder in OneWeb.

This is OneWeb's 14th launch and with ISRO and NSIL opens up the space sector in India.

The constellation will have a total of 648 satellites.

Support Our Journalism

We cannot do without you.. your contribution supports unbiased journalism

IBNS is not driven by any ism- not wokeism, not racism, not skewed secularism, not hyper right-wing or left liberal ideals, nor by any hardline religious beliefs or hyper nationalism. We want to serve you good old objective news, as they are. We do not judge or preach. We let people decide for themselves. We only try to present factual and well-sourced news.

Support objective journalism for a small contribution.