On Thursday, Bharti Group-backed Satcom company OneWeb inks a pact with ISRO’s commercial arm New Space India Limited (NSIL) to boost satellite-based internet service.
The launch is aimed to build a global network to provide high-speed, low-latency connectivity to “everyone, everywhere”. As a result of the subsequent launches, OneWeb will now have 428 satellites orbiting in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) which is 66% of the planned fleet.
The pact was signed to complete its satellite launch programme to provide global internet connectivity. The first launch with NSIL is scheduled this year from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.
Sunil Bharti Mittal, executive chairman of OneWeb said, “This is yet another historic day for collaboration in space, thanks to the shared ambition and vision of New Space India and OneWeb. This most recent agreement on launch plans adds considerable momentum to the development of OneWeb’s network, as we work together across the space industry towards our common goal of connecting communities globally”.
As per OneWeb, they are remaining on track for developing their satellite constellation network and delivering industry-grade secure connectivity. The company had earlier decided to suspend all launches from Russia-operated Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan scheduled in March.