Debris from anti-satellite test no danger to ISS, India says

Christopher Davidson
April 6, 2019

India's first successful test of an anti-satellite weapon has produced an orbiting debris field consisting of at least 400 pieces, according to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Decisions on the weaponisation of space would be taken by the government, Reddy said.

He said the target for the A-SAT test was launched in January specifically for the same.

The major challenges in the mission were to achieve "hit to kill" against a live satellite with an accuracy with less than 10 cm.

Addressing the mediapersons, Reddy also said, "For a similar application we don't need another test". We don't have information on that. The idea began around 2014 and development started in 2016 with a go-ahead from the government. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the mission, dubbed Mission Shakti, conducted on March 27 had made India a "space power". The very military nature of the test led to this secrecy and the scattering of unidentified space junk in orbit.

With 830 satellites, United States leads the world in the number of satellites, followed by China with 280 satellites.

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

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy National Security Adviser Pankaj Saran said that India was actively engaged in all relevant global negotiations about the outer space.

"We have active cooperation with many worldwide space powers". The Assistant secretary of Defense for global security and homeland defense, Kenneth Rapuanoin response to Heinrich's doubt on the code of conduct supported by DoD on space matters, said that Pentagon was having worldwide discussions on the use of anti satellite weapons.

"If you are talking of the USA, we have a response from four-five U.S. agencies".

On concerns raised by the US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Mr. Saran said, "NASA is continuing its cooperation with India, including in the manned mission to space".

Apparently under prodding from the White House, NASA has said it will continue to cooperate with the ISRO, days after the United States space agency's chief criticised India and termed its anti-satellite weapon test a "terrible thing" for creating about 400 pieces of orbital debris. "We have had several statements from the USA, as far as India is concerned the official position is contained in the State Department statement".

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