UK-based Network Access Associated Ltd (OneWeb) has declared that it will pay the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) more than Rs 1,000 crore to launch its 72 satellites.
On October 23, at 12:07 am, the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh witnessed the launch of 36 commercial OneWeb broadband satellites by the Indian Space Research Organization. In January, OneWeb will launch 36 satellites using a second LVM3 rocket from the Indian Space Research Organization.
He predicted that the combination of OneWeb with the French satellite company Eutelsat Communications will be completed in April or May of 2023. Eutelsat Communications will own the entire stock of OneWeb.
OneWeb Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal estimated to reporters in India that it will cost his company more than Rs 1,000 crore to launch 72 satellites.
OneWeb will launch 36 satellites in January using an additional LVM3 rocket from ISRO.
OneWeb plans to put 648 satellites into low Earth orbit to supply its internet services globally (LEO).
ISRO will launch about 10% of OneWeb’s satellites, according to Shravin Mittal, Managing Director of Bharti Global.
Sunil Mittal responded in the affirmative when asked if discussions to have ISRO provide its Gen2 satellites were ongoing. OneWeb will research using India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle as a potential alternative for some of its satellites in orbit (PSLV).
Massimiliano Ladovaz, OneWeb’s Chief Technology Officer, responded that the constellation configuration for the company’s Gen1 satellites will not alter as a result of the company’s plans to merge with Eutelsat Communications.
Furthermore, according to Ladovaz, the RFQ for Gen2 satellite production will be made public before the year is through. Representatives from OneWeb and ISRO met on Saturday to discuss OneWeb’s potential engagement.
By the middle of next year, OneWeb’s CEO Sunil Mittal said, business-to-business internet connectivity will be accessible.
When asked about competitors, he said that the market may be served by three or four satellite constellations.
Ladovaz responded that the OneWeb spacecraft were designed in such a way that they would not become junk when questioned whether the inclusion of three or four constellations, each having hundreds of satellites, would exacerbate the space debris issue.
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