Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched LVM3-M2/OneWeb India-1 mission from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. The most powerful rocket has carried 36 satellites with it.
New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) created history on Saturday. ISRO late night launched its heaviest lift rocket LVM3-M2 from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. ISRO has sent 36 broadband communication satellites into space through this rocket.
The rocket, about 43.5 meters long, was launched at 12.07 pm on Sunday night. It has been termed as one of the heaviest satellites with the capacity to carry satellites up to 8,000 kg.
ISRO had said Sunday’s launch is significant as the LVM3-M2 mission is the first dedicated commercial mission for NewSpace India Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO.
The mission is being carried out as part of a commercial arrangement between NewSpace India Limited and UK-based Network Access Associates Limited (OneWeb Limited).
With this, LVM3-M2 has become the first Indian rocket to carry 36 satellites, with a ‘payload’ of up to 5796 kg. Bharti Enterprises of India is a major investor in OneWeb.
The newest and heaviest rocket of the Indian space agency can carry a four-tonne class of satellite, equivalent to the weight of a large flatbed truck.
In 2014, India sent an orbiter to Mars at a cost of $74 million, a fraction of the $671 million the US space agency NASA spent on its MAVEN Mars mission.
“We reached Mars on a budget less than that of a Hollywood film,” PM Narendra Modi had said in June 2017, ahead of the launch of 31 small satellites.