A portion of the rocket that launched Chandrayaan-3 reenters the atmosphere.
The cryogenic upper stage (CUS) of India’s Chandrayaan-3 launch vehicle, the LVM3-M4, has made an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, according to Isro.
“The uncontrolled re-entry occurred on November 15 at approximately 2.42 pm.” The estimated impact point was over the North Pacific Ocean. The final ground track did not cross the Indian subcontinent. “On July 14, this rocket body was part of the vehicle that successfully injected the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft into its intended orbit of 133km x 35,823km with a 21.3° Inclination,” Isro stated.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which tracks objects in space, awarded the rocket body part the ID “57321”The rocket body re-entered the atmosphere 124 days after takeoff. The LVM3-M4 CUS’s post-mission orbital lifetime is thus completely consistent with the “25-year rule” for LEO (Low Earth Orbit) objects. tnn
Part of the Chandrayaan-3 launch vehicle re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere uncontrollably: Isro
The cryogenic top stage of the LVM3 M4 launch vehicle, used to launch the Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere on Wednesday. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the rocket body’s anticipated impact site was over the North Pacific Ocean and did not pass across India.
The re-entry happened 124 days after launch, in accordance with the 25-year norm for low-Earth orbit objects. The rocket body was passivated prior to re-entry to limit the possibility of inadvertent explosions, in accordance with space debris mitigation requirements.
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