India’s Commitment to Debris-Free Space Missions by 2030

At the 42nd Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) annual meet, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath announced India’s pledge to achieve debris-free space missions by 2030. This commitment aligns with global efforts to ensure the sustainability of space exploration.

Clear Plan for Space Utilization

Chairman Somanath highlighted ISRO’s comprehensive plan for space exploration and utilization, emphasizing the importance of sustainability in future missions.

Initiative Overview

India aims to achieve debris-free space missions by involving all space actors, both governmental and non-governmental, by 2030. This initiative underscores the nation’s commitment to long-term space sustainability.

Current Status and Actions

With 54 spacecraft in orbit and numerous non-functional objects, ISRO has been actively taking measures to dispose of or remove space debris. Efforts include deorbiting spacecraft once their mission is complete and designing systems to minimize debris creation.

Future Considerations

ISRO emphasizes the importance of developing skills for future explorations beyond Earth’s orbit, including lunar and planetary missions. Additionally, plans for India’s own space station, ‘Bharatiya Antriksh Station,’ by 2035 are underway, with a focus on ensuring the sustainability of space in collaboration with other space actors.

Guidelines for Space Sustainability

ISRO stresses the need for all space stations and actors to comply with guidelines to prevent the proliferation of space debris, enabling continued human exploration of space in the years to come.


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