The OneWeb satellite constellation is a projected first 648-satellite internet constellation that will be completed in 2022, with the intention of providing worldwide broadband internet services by the end of 2023. OneWeb, headquartered in London, is deploying the constellation, with operations in California, Florida, Virginia, Dubai, and Singapore.
The first six satellites of OneWeb were launched in February 2019, the first significant batch of 34 satellites in February 2020, and another 34 in March 2020.
More launches are scheduled for 2021. OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb, developed the tiny satellites.
OneWeb, a satellite firm located in London, is back on track with the launch of 36 new spacecraft for its worldwide broadband internet infrastructure.
The platforms were launched aboard a GSLV rocket from India’s Sriharikota island.
OneWeb’s plans to construct its telecommunications network have been put on hold since March, when the company was forced to stop using Russian Soyuz rockets.
The trip on Sunday lifts the total number of satellites in orbit around the Earth to 462.
This is more than 70% of the total funding required by OneWeb to provide global coverage with its first-generation constellation.
The company, which is partly controlled by the British government, plans to finish the roll-out by the middle of next year.
The Indian rocket took off from the Satish Dhawan spaceport shortly after midnight local time.