OneWeb, backed by the Bharti Group, and NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), have reached an agreement that will help ensure OneWeb completes its satellite launch plans, a statement on Thursday said.
The first launch of NewSpace India is expected to take place at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota in 2022. The launches will add to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications company OneWeb’s total orbiting constellation of 428 satellites — 66 percent of the planned total fleet — to build a global network that provides high-speed, low-latency connectivity. In a statement announcing the agreement with NewSpace India on satellite launch plans, OneWeb said it was still developing its network of satellite constellations to provide industrial-grade secure connectivity.
“This is another historic day for space cooperation due to the shared ambition and vision of NewSpace India and OneWeb. This latest agreement on launch plans adds considerable value to the growth of the OneWeb network as we collaborate across the space sector.” “Our common goal is to connect the global community,” said Sunil Bharti Mittal, Executive Chairman of Big Power OneWeb.
The launch contract follows another agreement announced by OneWeb and SpaceX in March 2022 to allow the company to resume satellite launches.
“As demand for the company’s broadband connectivity services continues to grow across multiple industries and markets, OneWeb has activated services across 50 parallel networks and above,” the company said.
Terms of the agreement with NewSpace India were not disclosed.