India's ASAT Missile Test Debris Will Burn Up In Atmosphere: Pentagon Chief

NASA ISS astronauts lives 'at risk' due to Indian anti-satellite missile 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).

On March 27, a live satellite in LEO of 300 km was shot down using a modified interceptor of the Ballistic Missile Defence system.

Reddy further said, "The complete mission what we have defined is automatic and without human intervention anywhere because the precision with which you have to launch are very high and so the launch computer takes care of it". 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. The mission was conceived in 2014 and development started in 2016. 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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced the successful completion of the test which had been dubbed "Mission Shakti" or "Strength". On April 4, the Pentagon said that the space debris from India's A-Sat (anti-satellite) missile test would burn up in the atmosphere, thereby standing by Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan's assessment.

"A mission of this nature after a test is conducted can't be kept secret". The test created almost 3,000 pieces of debris, AFP had reported. "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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About 150 scientists worked round-the-clock in the past six months and about 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries. Reddy added that the country has shown ground-based direct hit deterrence capability and it works for the defence also.

On the timing of the test, Deputy National Security Adviser Pankaj Saran said it was a "technologically and scientifically driven one".

India has hailed the test as a sign that it is a space power.

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. Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine had said that just 60 pieces of debris were large enough to track.

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