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Chennai: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 36 satellites of the UK-based OneWeb using its heaviest Launcher LVM-3 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, SHAR Range, on October 23 early morning.

The launch will take place from the Second Launch Pad at 12.07 A.M. on Sunday early morning, ISRO said today.

This would be an exclusive dedicated commercial mission by the Indian Space Agency.
The vehicle was moved to the launch pad after the Cryogenic Stage, Equipment Bay (EB) assembly was completed. The Satellites are encapsulated and assembled in the vehicle. Final vehicle checks are in progress The NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a CPSE under the Department of Space and the commercial arm of ISRO, has signed two launch service
contracts with M/s Network Access Associated Limited (M/s OneWeb), United Kingdom, for launching OneWeb LEO Broadband Communication Satellites on-board ISRO’s heaviest launcher LVM3.

It is first LVM3 dedicated commercial launch on demand through NSIL. This contract with M/s OneWeb is a historic milestone for NSIL and ISRO, as LVM3, is making its entry into the global commercial launch service market.

OneWeb is a global communications network, powered from space, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities.

It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites. India’s Bharti serves as a major investor and shareholder in OneWeb. As part of the Contract, 36 satellites will be placed into orbit by one LVM3, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

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