ISRO rocket debris found ashore Australian beach

The object is now in storage and the Australian Space Agency is working with ISRO on further steps.

Yasmin Tinwala

A huge object resembling a canister, which was washed ashore on a beach 250 km from Perth, Australia in mid-July, was identified as debris from an International Space Research (ISRO) rocket by the Australian Space Agency (ASA) on July 31, 2023. The metallic copper-coloured cylindrical object was discovered by locals who then reported it to the police. After days of speculation about its origins and the police instructing locals to stay away from it to avoid danger, the ASA made the discovery. "We have concluded that the object located on a beach near Jurien Bay in Western Australia is most likely debris from an expended third-stage of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) … a medium-lift launch vehicle operated by @isro," the agency tweeted, and urged locals to report any further debris spottings to them or the police. The ASA is working with ISRO on further steps including considering obligations under the United Nations space treaties. As per the 1972 space liability convention, "a launching State shall be liable to pay compensation for damage caused by its space objects on the surface of the Earth or to aircraft, and liable for damage due to its faults in space. The Convention also provides for procedures for the settlement of claims for damages." India is a signatory of the liability convention.

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