OneWeb is One Launch Away from Providing Space-Based Broadband Internet Services
OneWeb, a wholesale internet service provider financed by Bharti Enterprise, is one launch away from completing a number of 600 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites in space to offer internet services throughout the world straight from space.
Besides Bharti Enterprise, the British government, Eutelsat, Hughes Networks, SoftBank, and Hanwha supported the OneWeb corporation. Internet services from space became available to countries above 50 degrees north latitude, including Alaska, Greenland, Canada, the UK, and Northern Europe.
On March 26, the 36 satellites are scheduled to be launched by the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota be added to the existing 582 satellites launched by UK based company.
Once again, OneWeb will use ISRO’s satellite launch services for the second time, as the first launch of 36 satellites happened on October 23, 2022. However, this launch by ISRO’s LVM3 will mark the 18th launch for it.
News Space India Limited (NSIL) is the commercial merchant of ISRO, which builds rockets and satellites through the industry to provide space services.
Due to Russia and Ukraine conflict, OneWeb canceled its launching plan of 72 satellites at the cost of Rs 1,000 crore by Russian Soyuz rocket and contacted ISRO for it.