Bharti Group-backed company OneWeb today said that it has entered into an agreement with the commercial arm of ISRO, NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), to launch its satellite in India from the year 2022. With this deal, OneWeb will be the first private company to launch a satellite from Indian soil through an ISRO facility.
The company said in a statement that the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and Heavy Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-MkIII) manufactured in India are being used by NSIL as potential platforms to launch OneWeb’s satellites in India. Arrangements have been made through Letter of Intent (LOI).
Giving information about this deal today, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises said that the company plans to start providing connectivity in the country through OneWeb satellite from the middle of 2022. He said, “After this new initiative we have launched, I am sure that more international customers will come to ISRO in Asia. Our future is going to be great. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is showing us the way. Now is the time for the industry to take action.
Sunil Bharti Mittal further said that ISRO has built tremendous launch capabilities and India is part of a select group of countries with a history of successful launches. He further informed that the company will use proven platforms of ISRO to fulfill its vision of taking broadband connectivity across land, oceans and sky.