The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said Sunday that it had successfully launched its heaviest rocket carrying 36 satellites owned by London-based satellite company OneWeb into orbit.
ISRO said the satellites detached successfully from the rocket and were dispensed in nine phases over a period of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
"This will pave way for more launches in the future. The interaction with OneWeb was so seamless, right from the receipt of the satellites till injection," he added.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated ISRO on the successful launch of the LVM3 rocket, which he described as India's "heaviest launch vehicle."
OneWeb now has 462 satellites flying, which is more than 70 percent of what the company said it needs to provide broadband services around the world.
Despite this year’s disruption, OneWeb said it remains on track to activate global coverage in 2023 with a planned constellation of 648 satellites. It’s already providing service in the northernmost latitudes.
It was the 14th launch of OneWeb satellites and relied on India’s heaviest rocket, normally reserved for government spacecraft. All of the previous OneWeb flights were on Russian rockets, including the first launch in 2019.The Associated Press contributed to this report.