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India's ISRO Takes Bold Step Towards Debris-Free Space Missions by 2030 - In Bulletin

 India's ISRO has set its sights on achieving debris-free space missions by the year 2030. This ambitious initiative was unveiled by Shri Somanath S., Chairman of ISRO and Secretary of the Department of Space, during the 42nd Annual Meet of the Inter-Agency Space Debris Co-ordination Committee (IADC) held in Bengaluru.


India's ISRO Takes Bold Step Towards Debris-Free Space Missions by 2030 - In Bulletin

The initiative, named Debris Free Space Missions (DFSM), aims to ensure that all Indian space missions, whether governmental or non-governmental, will operate without contributing to space debris within the next decade. This commitment underscores India's dedication to the long-term sustainability of outer space activities, aligning with global efforts to preserve space as a common heritage for future generations.


Key components of the DFSM initiative include mission planning and execution to:

- Prevent debris generation during satellite and launch vehicle operations and their post-mission disposal phases.

- Reduce risks of on-orbit collisions and satellite break-ups through robust mission design and redundant systems.

- Enforce strict guidelines for the disposal of spent orbital stages and satellites, ensuring controlled re-entry or de-orbiting to lower orbits with minimal orbital life remaining.


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Furthermore, India plans to enhance capabilities in space object tracking, monitoring, and research on innovative debris management techniques. The initiative also emphasizes international cooperation and data sharing to promote safe and sustainable space operations globally.


Chairman Somanath highlighted ISRO's ongoing efforts in managing space debris, citing successful instances of controlled atmospheric re-entry of satellites to minimize debris impact on Earth. He underscored the need for continued advancements in technology and international collaboration to safeguard the orbital environment as space activities expand.


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India's proactive stance on debris management not only supports its upcoming missions, including the proposed Bharatiya Antriksh Station by 2035, but also sets a precedent for responsible space exploration globally. As India moves towards a cleaner orbital environment, stakeholders worldwide are encouraged to join hands in preserving the future of space exploration.


By initiating the DFSM program, India confirm its commitment to space sustainability and underscores its role as a leading advocate for safe and secure space utilization. With careful planning and collaboration, India aims to navigate the complexities of space debris management while fostering a conducive environment for continued exploration beyond Earth's orbit.


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