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India claims space debris poses minimal threat

07 April 2019, 12:24 | Brenda Erickson

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On the issue of weaponisation of space, the DRDO chief said it is a decision the government has to take. "Some of the debris have already decayed".

The Pentagon said on Thursday that it stood by acting defence 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 NASA.

The letter comes days after NASA chief Bridenstine in a town hall meeting criticized India's anti-satellite missile (ASAT) test because of the debris it generated in the space.

At the briefing held at the DRDO Bhawan today, Reddy said the interceptor had the capability to intercept satellites in orbit of 1,000 km.

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The major challenges in the mission were to achieve "hit to kill" against a live satellite with an accuracy with less than 10 cm. "Second, for lower orbit satellite, the closing in velocity and relative velocity is very high, more than 10km per second".

Since India conducted the test in Low Earth orbit, it avoided a similar scenario, Shanahan added.

Reacting to former Union Minister P Chidambaram's statement where he said that such capabilities need to be kept secret, he said, "A mission of this nature after the test is conducted can not be kept secret technically". "We have demonstrated that".

Commenting on P Chidambaram's statement on Mission Shakti, Reddy said that a mission of this nature can't be kept secret.

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However, Pentagon has earlier strongly denied the reports that the United States spied on India's anti-satellite or ASAT missile test by sending a reconnaissance aircraft from its base in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to monitor the development.

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He said the target for the A-SAT test was launched in January specifically for the same. The test created almost 3,000 pieces of debris, AFP had reported. Some 150 scientists worked round-the-clock and some 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein talked about 60 bits have been tracked so far and from that 24 are going over the apogee of the ISS.

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