ISRO drops 12-year-old satellite Megha Tropiques into Pacific Ocean

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 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently successfully carried out a controlled descent of its 12-year-old low earth orbit satellite Megha Tropiques-1 (MT-1) into the Pacific Ocean.

An overview of the news

  • ISRO has informed that it is planning to bring this satellite back to Earth.

  • Dropping this satellite on the earth was a very challenging task for ISRO, which ISRO successfully carried out.

  • ISRO has been steadily reducing the distance of the satellite from Earth since August, 2022.

  • For this, he was spending about 120 kg of fuel present in the satellite.

  • The booster of the satellite was turned on twice before reaching the earth.

  • This process is called de-boost. The satellite started burning rapidly as soon as it entered the Earth's atmosphere and was completely destroyed by the time it reached the sea.

About Megha Tropiques Satellite

  • This satellite was launched in October 2011 by ISRO in collaboration with the French space agency CNES.

  • The satellite was designed to provide weather information for three years, but it served for more than 10 years.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

  • It was established on 15 August 1969.

  • It is the national space agency of India. It launches its space rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

  • Chairman: S Somnath

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