India’s heaviest launch vehicle LVM-3 will launch a fleet of 36 OneWeb satellites, completing the first generation of the huge broadband constellation in its second commercial launch.
The launch is scheduled for March 26 at 9:00 am from the second launch pad of the country’s only spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The final launch will enable the company to initiate global coverage, with the first being carried out by the same vehicle in October last year.
The United Kingdom-based company, backed by the UK government and India’s Bharti, plans to create a 588-satellite strong constellation to provide high-speed, low-latency global connectivity. These satellites will be placed in 12 rings of 49 satellites each, with every satellite completing a full trip around the Earth in 109 minutes.