London based OneWeb which is backed by Bharti Enterprise launched 36 Satellites with the help of Indian LVM3 rocket which took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota spaceport located in India’s Andhra Pradesh. The total in-orbit constellation of OneWeb is now 618.
These spacecrafts were placed 450 km above the Earth’s surface and will deliver a broadband internet connection from Space to each corner of the earth. This is OneWeb’s second deployment using ISRO satellite and the first one was done last year on October 23.
“This is the most significant milestone in the history of OneWeb, as we reach the satellites needed for global coverage,” Neil Masterson, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb said in a statement.
OneWeb is backed by Enterprises, Eutelsat, SoftBank, Hughes Networks and Hanwha as well has launched internet from space services in countries such as Alaska, Canada, Greenland, UK and Northern Europe as they are located above 50 degrees north latitude.
It also plans to soon launch its space-based internet services in India and has already got a hold of GMPCS (global mobile personal communications by satellite services) permit which is given out by the Department of Telecommunications.
“Other permissions that are nessasory are to be taken from the Department of Space. We will have clarity on that once the space policy comes out,” said Lt Gen A K Bhatt (retd), Director General, Indian Space Association (ISpA).