OneWeb launches 34 more satellites
GS Paper - 3 (Space Technology)
OneWeb, a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications operator, co-owned by Bharti group and the UK government, launched another batch of 34 satellites by Arianespace from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The latest launch takes OneWeb’s total in-orbit constellation to 288 satellites and these would form part of OneWeb’s 648 LEO satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity.
- OneWeb added that it remains on track to deliver global services in 2022 and is seeing growing demand from telecommunications providers, ISPs, and governments worldwide for its low-latency, high-speed connectivity services to the hardest to reach places.
- Bharti Group-backed OneWeb is readying to take on Elon Musk’s Starlink and Amazon’s Project Kuiper venture in the relatively nascent fast broadband-from-space segment.
- Last month, Bharti Enterprises chairman Sunil Mittal said group satellite arm, OneWeb is in talks with Sasken Technologies, ISRO’s commercial arm, NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL) and a clutch of global tech companies to sharply reduce user access terminal costs before launching fast satellite broadband services in India by May 2022.