The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) reported that the cryogenic upper stage of the LVM3 M4 launch vehicle, which effectively placed the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft into its designated orbit on July 14 this year, experienced an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday.
“The probable impact point was predicted over the North Pacific Ocean. The final ground track did not pass over India,” the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement, reported PTI
The statement mentioned that the rocket body was part of LVM-3 M4 launch vehicle. It re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere around 2.42pm
The re-entry of the rocket body took place within 124 days of its launch. The post-mission orbital lifetime of the LVM3 M4 cryogenic upper stage is, thus, fully compliant with the “25-year rule” for low-Earth orbit objects as recommended by the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC), the ISRO said. Post Chandrayaan-3 injection, the upper stage had also undergone “passivation” to remove all residual propellant and energy sources to minimise the risks of accidental explosions as per the space debris mitigation guidelines prescribed by the United Nations and IADC, it was stated.
“Passivation and post-mission disposal of this rocket body in adherence to the internationally accepted guidelines once again reaffirms India’s commitment to preserve the long-term sustainability of outer space activities,” the ISRO added.