Mission Shakti: Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

Pat Wise
April 7, 2019

He said India chose a low-orbit satellite to avoid threat of debris to global space assets.

The letter comes days after NASA chief Bridenstine in a town hall meeting criticized India's anti-satellite missile (ASAT) test because of the debris it generated in the space.

The DRDO chief said that a low orbit - below 300 km - was deliberately chosen to minimize debris. NASA says that the massive amount of debris the weapons test created in orbit around the Earth now poses a threat to the ISS.

Reddy said the simulation studies show all debris of the Indian A-SAT test would decay in 45 days.

India's recent test of anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile has been termed as "a bad, awful thing" by NASA.

He said that anti-satellite test (A-SAT) done by India on March 27 could not have been kept secret as many countries keep track of satellites.

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On March 30, Chidambaram had taken a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a "foolish government" would make such a disclosure and "betray" a defence secret.China Reacts to India's Anti-Satellite Missile Test, Says "Hope India Will Safeguard Peace in Outer Space".

As per the mission, India's anti-satellite missile ASAT struck down another satellite. "All necessary permissions were taken", he said. Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine had said that just 60 pieces of debris were large enough to track. "If a space command needs to be formulated, it is the decision of the government".

On the issue of militarisation of space, Dr. Reddy said space had gained importance in the military domain. All critical technologies for the test were developed indigenously and about 90% of the entire test in indigenous, Dr. Reddy added.

These includes about 10,000 pieces of space debris, of which almost 3,000 were created by a Chinese anti-satellite test. "We will continue to monitor the remaining debris from your test as it relates to the safety of our human spaceflight activities especially at the International Space Station", wrote the NASA Administration, according to the letter.

About 150 scientists worked round-the-clock in the past six months and about 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries.

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