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Russia’s loss is India’s gain,countdown for LVM3\OneWeb mission is to begin tomorrow

During the countdown, propellant filling operations will be carried out in the three-stage vehicle.

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Chennai: Russia’s loss is India’s gain as the 24-hour countdown for the Sunday early morning launch of 36 satellites of the UK-based One Web using the heaviest rocket Launcher LVM-3 from the spaceport of Sriharikota, SHAR Range, will begin tomorrow.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) sources today said the countdown will begin at 12.07 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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The launch will take place from the Second Launch Pad at 12.07 A.M. on Sunday early morning.

During the countdown, propellant filling operations will be carried out in the three-stage vehicle.

This would be an exclusive dedicated commercial mission by the Indian Space Agency.

ISRO has redesignated the GSLV-MkIII as LVM-3 as the rocket will inject the satellite into the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and not in the Geo-Synchronous Transfer Orbit for which the Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) has been designed.

Till recently, OneWeb has been launching its satellites by Russian rockets after inking a pact with the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos.

Since the break out of the Russia-Ukraine war, OneWeb has suspended its cooperation with Roscosmos and instead turned to the Indian Space Agency for launching its satellites.

The NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a CPSE under the Department of Space and the commercial arm of ISRO, has signed two launch service

contracts with M/s Network Access Associated Limited (M/s OneWeb), United Kingdom, for launching OneWeb LEO Broadband Communication Satellites on board ISRO’s heaviest launcher LVM3.

It is the first LVM3 dedicated commercial launch on demand through NSIL.

This contract with M/s OneWeb is a historic milestone for NSIL and ISRO, as LVM3, is making its entry into the global commercial launch service market.

OneWeb is a global communications network, powered from space, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities.

It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites.

India’s Bharti serves as a major investor and shareholder in OneWeb. As part of the Contract, 36 satellites will be placed into orbit one by one by LVM3.

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