Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

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. "It was intentionally done at 280 km altitude so that debris decay fast", Dr. Reddy said, adding that the interception was created to hit at an angle so that minimal debris go up and also have minimal velocity. "We have conducted the test on 12th February against an electronic target which has given a lot of information for us with many applications".

He also said that earlier in the day there was a meeting with eminent scientists to inform them about the A-SAT test.

Bridenstine said that India's ASAT test created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to a new threat for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine had said that just 60 pieces of debris were large enough to track.

India said Saturday that debris from one of its destroyed satellites will decay in 45 days, following concerns expressed by NASA that it could pose a threat. "All necessary permissions were taken", he said.

"There is a risk (of debris from the Indian ASAT test) but the risk is for about 10 days which has been crossed", Reddy said.

The DRDO chief said the weapon has boosted the country's defence.

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On March 30, P Chidambaram slammed 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.

"Mission Shakti", the anti satellite weapon test was developed by the Defense research and Development Organization in which the missile that was launched from the ground crashed into the satellite at a height of 300 kilometers. When a country like India has done an exercise like this and shown the capability of interception of a target, you have shown the capability for such operations.

India said on Saturday it is looking to play a role in drafting global laws on different aspects of outer space as a major space faring nation with proven technology such as ground-based direct hit deterrence capability.

Nearly all the technologies used for the ASAT test were indigenously developed with some 50 industries contributing components for the 13 metre missiles weighing 19 tonnes.

Some 150 scientists, including at least 40 women scientists, worked round-the-clock, and especially in the last six months on this project.

This response has come days after NASA criticized India for A-SAT test.

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