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NEW DELHI : Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said that there are a total of 111 payloads and 105 space debris identified as Indian objects orbiting the Earth. 

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said that these objects are tracked and catalogued by USSPACECOM and published in spacetrack website. 

Singh added that all orbiting debris will have impact on the sustainability of outer space and future missions. “ISRO has been carrying out many studies on impacts of growing space debris on space environment." 

He said that research and studies on the potential and emerging threats from space debris are carried out by ISRO and academia since the early 1990. “In 2022, ISRO System for Safe and Sustainable Operations Management (IS 4 OM) has been established towards more focused efforts to continually monitor the objects posing collision threat, improve prediction of evolution of space debris environment and concerted activities to mitigate the risk posed by space debris." 

The minister added that ISRO has carried out 21 collision avoidance manoeuvres of Indian Operational Space assets in 2022 to avoid collision threats from other space objects. 

“To deal with the threat of very small debris objects which are too small to be tracked, spacecraft needs to shielded against the impact risk. Spacecraft shielding related studies and development are under progress in ISRO to improve the protection for the upcoming missions," Singh said.

Swati Luthra
Swati Luthra writes on climate change, water, environment and forest issues for Mint. A graduate in Psychology, Swati has been mapping India’s policy initiatives to help meet the pledges made at CoP-26 including achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2070.
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