16:24 GMT24 July 2021
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    Facing criticism for launching hundreds of micro satellites into the same orbit where India’s own Earth observation satellites are or will be, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said that it has ensured the nano or micro satellites won’t collide with each other.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) — In February and June this year, ISRO had launched 103 and 30 nano satellites into orbit from a single rocket, respectively. Antrix has earned 6.1 million Euro in foreign exchange by launching the 29 nano satellites.

    "ISRO has taken measures to protect its operational satellites from space debris by carrying out collision avoidance studies for all launch vehicles of ISRO to clear lift-off time; and space object proximity analysis on a daily basis to assess close conjunction with other space objects, in particular, of those objects identified by Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC)," Jitendra Singh, junior minister of the space department, said on Wednesday.

    Former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair had warned that launching foreign nano satellites into 500-km orbits may pose harm to the present and future Earth observation satellites close to their lanes.

    India will soon come up with a National Space Act for supporting the overall growth of space activities with increased level of private participation.



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