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LVM-3 M2/OneWeb India-1 mission: ISRO launches 36 broadband satellites in 1st commercial attempt | Watch

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Chennai, Oct 22: The heaviest rocket of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) --LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 blasted off from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday to place 36 broadband communication satellites into the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for a UK-based customer.

The 43.5 metre tall rocket lift-off from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 12.07 am on Sunday at the end of the 24-hour countdown.

 ISRO launches 36 OneWeb satellites in 1st commercial launch for LVM-3 | Watch

The rocket is dubbed as one of the heaviest for its ability to carry satellites upto 8,000 kgs.

NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a central public sector enterprise under the Department of Space, had earlier signed two launch service contracts with the London-headquartered Network Access Associated Limited (OneWeb) for launching OneWeb LEO satellites on board ISRO's LVM3.

OneWeb is a private satellite communications company, in which India's Bharti Enterprises is a major investor and shareholder. The mission assumes significance as this was LVM3's maiden commercial mission and also NSIL's first with the said launch vehicle.

According to ISRO, the mission has the heaviest payloads with 36 satellites of OneWeb, becoming the first Indian rocket with a payload of 5,796 kg. The launch is also first for LVM3-M2 to place the satellites in the Low Earth Orbit (up to 1,200 kms above the earth) unlike Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

ISRO scientists have rechristened the launch vehicle its present name from GSLV-MKK III as the newest rocket is capable of launching 4,000 kilogram class of satellites into GTO and 8,000 kgs of payloads into LEO. GSLV-Mk III had four successful missions in the past.

LVM3-M2 is a three-stage launch vehicle consisting of two solid propellant S200 strap-ons on its sides and core stage comprising L110 liquid stage and C25 cryogenic stage. OneWeb Ltd is a global communication network powered from space, enabling internet connectivity for governments and businesses.

GSLV-Mk III had four successful missions in the past, including the Chandrayaan-2.

Salient features of the Mission

First commercial mission of LVM3First multi-satellite mission with 36 OneWeb satellites onboardFirst launch of LVM3 to LEOFirst Indian rocket with six-ton payloadFirst NSIL mission with LVM3First OneWeb mission with NSIL/DoS

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