The cryogenic upper stage of the LVM3 M4 launch vehicle, which successfully injected the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft into the intended orbit on July 14 this year, made an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.
‘The probable impact point was predicted over the North Pacific Ocean. The final ground track did not pass over India,’ the ISRO said in a statement.
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), ISRO said.