Chennai: ISRO will launch 36 satellites of UK’s OneWeb on October 22 with GSLV Mark-3 rocket.
ISRO scientists said:
The PSLV rocket can only launch satellites up to a maximum of 1,750 kg. The GSLV rocket can carry up to 4,000 kg.
In this case, ISRO’s NSIL (New Space India Limited) has signed a memorandum of understanding with UK-based OneWeb to launch 2 rockets.
In the first phase, 36 satellites will be launched on October 22 by a GSLV Mark-3 rocket from the launch pad at Sriharikota. Oneweb satellites have been brought to Sriharikota for this purpose. The work of fitting them with the rocket component is about to begin.
As the 2nd phase, OneWeb’s satellite will be launched on 23rd Jan 2023. Meanwhile, 3 PSLV rocket launch programs will be implemented. Besides, the ownership of 10 communication satellites is to be transferred to NSIL. The central government has decided to earn revenue by renting out their services.