The 36 OneWeb satellite stacked on the C-25 cryogenic stage minutes before deployment

ISRO successfully deployed all LVM3-M3/OneWeb India-2 mission satellites today (March 26, 2023), launched at 0900 hours IST from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota.

This is the second mission for Network Access Associates Limited, United Kingdom (OneWeb Group Company) under a commercial agreement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) to launch 72 satellites to Low-Earth Orbits. The first set of 36 satellites was launched in LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 mission on October 23, 2022.

In this mission, LVM3 placed 36 OneWeb Gen-1 satellites totalling about 5,805 kg into a 450 km circular orbit with an inclination of 87.4 degrees. This is the sixth flight of LVM3. The LVM3 had five consecutive successful missions, including the Chandrayaan-2 mission.

OneWeb has confirmed the successful separation of all 36 satellites on its Twitter handle:

About LVM3

LVM3 is the heavy lift launcher of ISRO with a successful track record of 5 successive launches so far. The current mission LVM3-M3, is the 2nd dedicated commercial satellite mission being undertaken by NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) for its customer Network Access Associates Ltd (M/s. OneWeb), UK. As part of this commercial arrangement, 36 OneWeb Gen-1 satellites would be launched into 450 km circular low earth orbit (Osculating) with an inclination of 87.4° from Second Launch Pad (SLP) located at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

About OneWeb Gen-1 Satellites of Network Access Associates

OneWeb is a global communication network powered from space, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. India’s Bharti Enterprises serves as a major investor and shareholder in OneWeb.

This is OneWeb’s 18th launch, its third this year, bringing the total of OneWeb’s constellation to 618 satellites. This launch is a major milestone for the company, with the number of satellites now in-orbit enabling global service, the first LEO operator to reach this milestone. OneWeb will soon be ready to roll out its global coverage.