ISRO’s Strategic Delay: Safeguarding Chandrayaan-3 from Space Debris


New Delhi : The ISRO saved Chandrayaan-3 from destruction in space in this way :  To protect Chandrayaan-3 from pieces of space debris, its launch was delayed by four seconds. If the scientists had not shown wisdom and delayed by four seconds, Chandrayaan-3 could have been destroyed after colliding with space debris. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said the delay was necessary to avoid the possibility of a collision.

This was said in the report

With a delay of just four seconds in the launch of Chandrayaan-3, Chandrayaan-3 completed its journey to the Moon without any risk of collision. According to the Indian Situational Space Awareness Report (ISSAR), the launch of the rocket carrying the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was delayed by four seconds based on collision assessment.

According to the European Space Agency, about 56,450 pieces of debris have been tracked in orbit over more than 60 years of space activity, of which about 28,160 are in space. These are regularly tracked by the US Space Surveillance Network (USSSN).

Let us tell you that Chandrayaan-3 was launched on 14 July 2023 from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. On August 23, 2023, India created history by soft landing Chandrayaan-3 lander Vikram near the south pole region of the Moon.

India is the first country to make a soft landing on the south pole of the Moon.

India became the first country to make a soft landing on the south pole of the Moon. According to the ISSAR-2023 report, ISRO had to delay the launch of Singapore’s DS-SAR satellite on PSLV-C56 mission by one minute on July 30 last year to avoid collision with space debris. Similarly, on April 24 last year, the launch of another Singaporean satellite, Teleos-2, had to be delayed by one minute.

According to the report, ISRO had to make 23 collision avoidance orbit changes in 2023 to protect its satellites from damage caused by space debris. To ensure safe and sustainable space operations, ISRO has taken steps to protect its satellites from environmental hazards such as asteroids as well as space debris. Assessing the threats, ISSAR-2023 report has been released.

Releasing the report, ISRO Chairman S. Somnath said, awareness in space is necessary. According to ISRO, the report was compiled by ISRO System for Safe and Sustainable Space Operations Management on April 2, 2024. Data for 2023 indicates increasing debris in space.


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