(ORDO NEWS) — OneWeb used an Indian launch vehicle to launch 36 Internet satellites into space early Sunday morning.
OneWeb currently operates 462 satellites, more than 70% of what the company says is needed to provide broadband services around the world.
Despite this year’s setbacks, OneWeb said it continues to work to achieve global coverage next year with a constellation of 648 satellites. The company already provides its services in northern latitudes.
Each OneWeb satellite weighs about 150 kilograms.
It was the 14th launch of the OneWeb satellites using a launch vehicle from India designed for government spacecraft. All previous OneWeb flights have been on Russian rockets; The first launch took place in 2019.
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, director of space and security at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, said the launch is significant for India and marks the gradual opening of its space agency to private customers.
Rajagopalan said that India is an expert in launching small satellites and is trying to win this market.
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