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

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

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

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Saturday ended all the concerns which were being raised over orbital debris in the aftermath of the ASAT strike.

"An orbit of around 300 km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration. We have conducted the test on 12th February against an electronic target which has given a lot of information for us with many applications".

The Ministry of External Affairs had said the test is significant because India has "tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology".

Only three other countries - the US, Russia and China - have anti-satellite missile (ASAT) capabilities. National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator Jim Bridenstine had described the test as a "terrible, terrible" thing. NASA also maintained that some of the debris posed a risk to astronauts on board the ISS. He said that even NASA has claimed that the risk was for 10 days which are over today.

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"Firstly, the Mission has been created to see that debris decays very fast and it has been designed in a manner that minimal debris goes up", he said at a program organised here to give more information about the Anti-Satellite test. "All debris should decay within 45 days from March 27", said Reddy.

"As part of our strategic partnership, the United States will continue close engagements with India on shared interests in space", he added, listing areas that included "safety and security" as well as human space exploration. "From our simulation, we can very clearly say that the possibilities of (debris) hitting the ISS are not there", Reddy said.

With 830 satellites, USA leads the world in the number of satellites, followed by China with 280 satellites. "All necessary permissions were taken", Reddy added. On March 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India has achieved a "historic feat" by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a "space power". "We don't need any more tests at this orbit now", though he did not rule out the option of conducting more tests in the future.

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