Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Missile Test Debris Should Dissolve In 45 Days: Defence Research Chief

Missile Test Debris Should Dissolve In 45 Days: Defence Research Chief

The DRDO chief said that all the debris should be dissolved within 45 days. The first 10 days are critical and those have passed. "Some of the debris have already decayed".

The Pentagon on Thursday (April 4) stated that it stood by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's assessment last week that debris from an Indian anti-satellite weapons test would eventually burn up in the atmosphere, despite a subsequent, more negative assessment by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The United States has said that the issue of space debris is an important concern and it has taken note of the Indian government's statements that its recently conducted anti-satellite test (A-SAT) was created to address "space debris issues", according to US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino.

NASA head Jim Bridenstine branded India's destruction of one of its satellites a "terrible thing".

Mission Shakti has ensured that it secures a place in the space power league.

"Even though the interceptor has the capability to intercept at the altitudes of more than 1000km, it has been very specifically created to have an interception below 300 km to ensure the safety of space assets and also that debris there decays very fast", he said.

"Mission of this nature after a test is conducted can't be kept secret".

The Indian satellite was destroyed at a relatively low altitude of 300 kilometres -120 kilometres below the ISS and most orbiting satellites. "That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight", Bridenstine said at a NASA townhall with employees on Monday.

Reddy also said that there was no need for any more tests in this orbit now.

"An orbit of around 300 km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration. We have demonstrated that". "Best way of defence is to have deterrence", Reddy said.

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.

"Post the formal approval in 2016, we started working on this project", Reddy said.

He said the target for the A-SAT test was launched in January specifically for the same. However he said that destroying a satellite on goal is not right and some countries are doing this and creating debris and then they we are approached finally for space awareness. The US had also done a test at a similar height.

The test of the anti-satellite weapon makes India the fourth country to have carried out such a test.

Asked if India has informed US or other nations about the test, Saran admitted that India was "in touch" with other space powers.

"I think there are very few countries in the world, which have space programmes bigger than us".

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