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36 OneWeb Satellites in Orbit by ISRO

Published on March 26, 2023

Current Context: LMV3 is ISRO’s heaviest payload rocket for the mission from Sriharikota. In its sixth flight, the vehicle used the upgraded S200 motors. The successful launch of OneWeb leads to the completion of its constellation of a total of 618 satellites.

36 OneWeb Satellites in Orbit by ISRO
  • OneWeb is a global network powered from space, enabling connectivity for customers through Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Bharti enterprises is a major investor and shareholder in OneWeb. The 3rd in year by OneWeb is its 18th launch hence a total of OneWeb’s constellation to 618 satellites. OneWeb is the first LEO operator to reach this much range.
  • LVM3 carrying 36 OneWeb satellites , took off on March 26 from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The vehicle is 43.5 metre tall and weighs 643 tonne. LVM3 will place 36 OneWeb Gen-1 satellites into a 450 km circular orbit. This is the sixth flight of LVM3. It has also completed the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Executive Chairman of OneWeb. The launch of OneWeb represents a major step towards increasing digital connections everywhere.
  • With the collaboration of ISRO and NSIL, the digital divide has decreased to a certain extent.
  • The completion of the LEO constellation is hugely significant both for OneWeb and the UK’s wider sector. UK is the perfect base for carrying out the potential future operation of digital transformation.

Question:

Q.1 _______ is ISRO’s heaviest payload rocket for the mission from Sriharikota.
a. YATRA-5
b. ISRO-2
c. YONO-6
d. LMV3

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