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OneWeb India-2 Mission

  • Category
    Science & Technology
  • Published
    24th Mar, 2023

Context

In its second commercial launch, ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) heaviest launch vehicle LVM-3 (Launch Vehicle Mark 3) will launch a fleet of 36 OneWeb satellites, completing the first generation of the huge broadband constellation.?

LVM3-M3/OneWeb India-2 Mission:

  • This will be the 18th launch of OneWeb and will add to the UK-based company's (OneWeb) existing constellation of 582 satellites.
  • ISRO’s commercial arm NSIL had signed a contract with OneWeb to launch 72 satellites in two phases.
  • The first set of 36 satellites was launched in LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 mission on October 23, 2022.
  • This is the second OneWeb fleet that India is launching. This initiated India’s journey into the commercial heavy lift-off space.

What is OneWeb Constellation?

  • OneWeb Constellation operates in a LEO Polar Orbit.
  • Satellites are arranged in 12 rings (Orbital planes) with 49 satellites in each plane.
  • The orbital planes are inclined to be near polar (87.9 Deg.)
  • The orbital planes are 1200 km above the Earth. Each satellite completes a full trip around the earth every 109 minutes.

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