Bharti backed OneWeb has entered into a partnership with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), to use Indian-built polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) and the heavier geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle-MkIII (GSLV-MkIII) as potential platforms to launch OneWeb’s satellites in India from 2022.
OneWeb is building its initial constellation of 648 LEO satellites and has already put 322 satellites into orbit. Services are expected to begin this year to the Arctic region including Alaska, Canada, and the UK.
OneWeb has said that by late 2022 it will offer its high-speed, low latency connectivity services in India and the rest of the world. Service testing on the satellites already in orbit is underway. As per industry sources, the results thus far have been positive, including seamless satellite and beam handovers, high speeds and low latency.
As part of the partnership, OneWeb and NSIL will expeditiously convert the letter of intent into a binding agreement after obtaining all necessary approvals from their respective boards.