ISRO Launches India’s Largest LVM3 Rocket With 36 Satellites

Sriharikota: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday launched India’s largest Launch Vehicle Mark-3 (LVM3) rocket carrying 36 satellites from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota.

The launch was carried out from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh at around 9 am on Sunday morning.

An official said that “LVM3 standing 43.5 meters tall and weighing 643 tonnes lifted off from the second launch pad rocket port carrying One Web’s final installment of 36 Gen1 satellites”.

According to reports, the LVM3 is a three-stage rocket with the first stage fired with liquid fuel, the two strap-on motors powered by solid fuel, the second by liquid fuel and the third is the cryogenic engine.

The countdown to the launch of LVM3 was kickstarted from Saturday. According to ISRO “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.”

OneWeb is a global communication network powered from space, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. India’s Bharti Enterprises serves as a major investor and shareholder in OneWeb.

One Web took to Twitter and added, “OneWebLaunch18 will see us launch 36 satellites with @isro and @NSIL_India from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India. This mission marks One Web’s second satellite deployment from India, highlighting the collaboration between the UK and Indian space industries”.

(With Agency Inputs)

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