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Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

DRDO Chief GS Reddy said, "Space has gained importance in the military domain". "And this has been proven true, even NASA spoke about a 10-day risk period that is over today", he said. "Some of the debris have already decayed".

"400 pieces of orbital debris from the test have been identified, including debris that was traveling above the International Space Station which is a bad, awful thing", Reuters quoted NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine as saying Monday.

DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy clarified that there was no possibility of debris from the ASAT test conducted by India on March 27 hitting the International Space Station (ISS).

On April 2, the NASA had termed a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of one its satellites, saying the hit-to-kill mission created about 400 pieces of orbital debris.




The DRDO chief also said that the interceptor missile used in "Mission Shakti" has a range of more than 1000km but the interception was deliberately done at a range of 283km to ensure the safety of space assets. "It was intentionally done at 280 km altitude so that debris decay fast", Dr. Reddy said, adding that the interception was created to hit at an angle so that minimal debris go up and also have minimal velocity.

The Indian satellite was destroyed at a relatively low altitude of 300 kilometres -120 kilometres below the ISS and most orbiting satellites.

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". On March 27, India achieved a historic accomplishment by firing down its low orbit satellite. "All necessary permissions were taken", Reddy added. We don't need any more tests in this orbit as of now. "We have demonstrated that".

Asked if the missile has been in the making for some time now, he said, "Some of the basic technologies were being developed". The idea began around 2014 and development started in 2016 with a go-ahead from the government. It also said that it will lead to creation of almost 400 pieces of orbital debris. The US had also done a test at a similar height.

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