Another proof! DRDO Chief confirms, Most debris from A-SAT test decayed

News Bharati    11-May-2019


New Delhi, May 11: India’s ‘Mission Shakti’ is another evidence of India’s space preparedness, but NASA and other space agencies questioned about success of this mission. Now, DRDO chief gave another proof of the success of Mission Shakti.

DRDO Chairman Satheesh Reddy has said, “Most of the debris from the Anti-Satellite test has decayed and the remaining will also decay in a short period”. He stated, the DRDO was continuously monitoring the situation but it was difficult to predict exactly how many days the remaining debris will take to decay.

 

Satheesh Reddy was speaking on ‘technology for national security’ at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis in New Delhi on Friday.

On April 6, Reddy said that all the debris should decay within 45 days, after conducting the Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test. On March 27, India shot down one of its satellites in space with an A-SAT missile, which made it only the fourth country after the US, the USSR, and China to have used such a weapon.

Reddy said, “the risk analysis simulation which was based on an internationally accepted software also showed that there was no threat to the space station”.

After the test, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine had spoken about the possible threat to the International Space Station (ISS) from the debris. Reddy said that when India conducted the test, the space station was over French Guyana. Bridenstine had said that the A-SAT test had created 69 pieces of orbital debris posing a risk to the ISS.