INDIA: OneWeb (UK based communications company) constructed a constellation of 36 broadband satellites, which the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched on Saturday into Low Earth Orbit on Sunday.
36 satellites were successfully launched into their intended orbits as part of the LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 Mission, according to the ISRO. The Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle(GSLV Mk-III), now known as the Launch Vehicle Mark-III, was used to launch the satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.
At 12.07. the launch took place. GSLV LVM 3 launched with 6 tonnes of payload, but it has an ultimate capacity of 10 tonnes. According to a contract between OneWeb and New Space India Limited (NSIL), this is LVM-3’s first commercial launch.
The designation of the rocket was changed from GSLV to LVM because it will not be used to launch satellites into geosynchronous orbit. The Low Earth Orbit (LEO) of the OneWeb satellites is 1,200 km above the surface of the planet. The geosynchronous orbit, on the other hand, is located 35,786 kilometers above the planet’s equator.
The satellites are a component of the OneWeb constellation of 468 spacecraft, which was launched into Leo Earth Orbit to bring Internet access to remote locations. For the launch, OneWeb committed to spending over Rs 1000 crore, and a subsequent GSLV launch with a OneWeb payload is scheduled for January 2023.
Two solid strap-on boosters and a liquid core stage that have been installed at the second launch pad are the components of the GSLV-Mk-III that have been equipped to deploy the satellites in LEO.
According to ISRO Chairman Dr S. Somanath, the launch of LVM-3 was a historic mission made possible by PM Modi’s assistance because the latter wanted LVM3 to enter the commercial market.
With the new launch vehicle to put satellites into low Earth orbit and its dependable workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the LVM3-M2 mission would bolster the space agency.
The LVM3-M2 mission would benefit the space agency by launching satellites into low-Earth orbit using a new launch vehicle in addition to its dependable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).