Second fleet of 36 satellites to be launched by Isro’s LVM-3 completing the OneWeb constellation on Sunday

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch a second fleet of 36 satellites of the OneWeb constellation on Sunday, completing the first phase of the global satellite communication system. The launch of the 36 satellites will be undertaken using ISRO’s workhorse rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C45). The launch will take place from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch will mark the 48th mission of the PSLV.

The first launch of the OneWeb constellation was conducted by ISRO on February 6, when 34 satellites were launched. With the second launch, a total of 70 satellites will be put into orbit, completing the first phase of the global satellite communication system.

OneWeb is a satellite-based broadband system that aims to provide low-cost, high-speed internet access to remote areas around the world that are not connected by traditional networks. The system comprises a constellation of 648 satellites, which are planned to be launched in phases in the coming years. It is estimated that the entire constellation will cost around $3 billion.