Published: Mon, April 08, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

DRDO organises special interactive session to give first-hand account of Mission Shakti

DRDO organises special interactive session to give first-hand account of Mission Shakti

But the ASAT test was "intentionally done at a lower orbit of 280 km to ensure that the debris decay very fast", Reddy said.

"We do not need any more tests in this orbit now. The goal was to avoid the threat of debris to any global space assets", Reddy said. The US has also done such a test.

Earlier, Reddy said that India's satellite hit poses no threat to International Space Station (ISS) as first claimed by NASA. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein talked about 60 bits have been tracked so far and from that 24 are going over the apogee of the ISS.

The chief of India's military research agency has announced plans to expand "deterrence" capabilities in space, extolling prospective orbital and laser weapons, after its successful test of an anti-satellite missile last month.

He added that all necessary permissions were taken before conducting the test.

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"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.

He said the target for the A-SAT test was launched in January specifically for the same. DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy, on his part, said it was for the government to decide on the issue of weaponisation of A-Sat systems or the creation of a fullfledged Aerospace Military Command. However, India had already achieved the capability of shooting out moving targets in the space, way back in 2011 and has been testing long-range missiles for years. "This is a ground-based direct hit works for defence also".

He said all the critical technology components for the interceptor missile test had been developed indigenously by Indian laboratories or procured from domestic industries with about 90 per cent of the technology fully homegrown.

DRDO presented the objectives, mission challenges and achievements of the Anti-Satellite Test (A-SAT) during the event. Of a team of 150 scientists involved in the project, 30-40 were women who were involved in radar software development, telemetry and ground computer systems, he added.

"India shot down one of its satellites in space on March 27 with an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile to demonstrate this complex capability, joining the elite club of countries - the US, Russia and China - which have such capabilities". He was addressing a press conference on the ASAT test.

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