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ASAT test poses no threat to ISS: DRDO chief

ASAT test poses no threat to ISS: DRDO chief

"An orbit of around 300 km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration, and the objective was to avoid threat of debris to any global space assets", Reddy said, reports PTI.

"That is a bad, awful thing, to create an event that sends debris into an apogee that goes above the International Space Station", said Bridenstine at the town hall.

Bridenstine's assessment came as a sharp contrast with the one offered by acting USA defence secretary Patrick Shanahan on March 28.

Shanahan said he believed that India had avoided a similar scenario by testing at a lower altitude. He further stated that as per his understanding, the debris would eventually burn up in the atmosphere.

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He had earlier outlined, "We have a strong strategic partnership with India, and we will continue to pursue shared interests in space, in scientific and technical cooperation with India, and that includes collaboration on safety and security in space". Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the A-Sat test's success as "an unprecedented achievement" that makes India "a space power". India is the fourth nation to have achieved the feat after US, Russia and China.

However, India's top defence scientist had said the debris would burn up in 45 days. "That is a bad, awful thing to create an event that sends debris and an apogee that goes above the global space station".

Earlier in March, the Pentagon had said that the USA is tracking 250-270 objects of debris in the space generated due to India's anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test in lower earth orbit, but the International Space Station or ISS is not at risk. "And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight". Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, the test raised concerns about the outer-space security environment and the debris that will be left after the test.

"An orbit of around 300km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration, and the goal was to avoid threat of debris to any global space assets", Reddy said.


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