Mission Shakti: Debris will decay in 45 days, says DRDO chief

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Recently, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chief Jim Bridenstine called India's ASAT test a "terrible thing". The NASA on Tuesday termed as a awful thing India's shooting down of one of its satellites which have created about 400 pieces of orbital scraps, endangering ISS.

The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement stated that the technological test was carried out to verify that India has the capability to safeguard its space assets.

"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. As per the simulation, the entire debris will decay in 45 days.

With the test done last month, India has mastered the capability to kill satellites at 300 km above the earth, Reddy said. India has the capacity to hit target up to 1000 km and the test was intentionally held at a lower height.

At a press conference Saturday, the Defence Research and Development Organisation also said any decision on weaponisation of space would be taken by the government.

The long-term goal is to launch a platform carrying multiple satellites in order to clear more than 3,000 derelict satellites orbiting near our planet.

"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. NASA had warned that the risk of debris colliding with the International Space Station has risen by 44 per cent since the Indian anti-satellite weapon test. India Becomes Elite Space Power With Successful "Mission Shakti" Test.

Amid political debate on when the project was initiated, Reddy said the first discussion on the A-SAT test started in 2014 and the formal detailed presentation was made in 2016.

India in late March joined the ranks of U.S., Russian Federation and China by successfully targeting live satellite on a low-earth orbit.

The DRDO chief also said that there is no need of conducting any further test in this orbit (of the target satellite).

On March 27, India conducted its first successfull test of an Anti-Satellite missile becoming the fourth country in the world after Russia, USA and China to posses this technology.

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