India's ASAT Missile Test Debris Will Burn Up In Atmosphere: Pentagon Chief

Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

"This test covers all LEO satellites, including those for military use", Dr. Reddy said, adding that hitting multiple satellites was feasible. But, multiple (targets) is definitely feasible. India is now the fourth country to have tested ASATs, the others being the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. Bridenstine continued to say that this type of risk to humans in space, and low Earth orbit operations, was just not acceptable.

With the test done last month, India has mastered the capability to kill satellites at 300 km above the earth, Reddy said.

India chose a much lower orbit of less than 300 km during Mission Shakti for "capability demonstration" and to avoid threat of debris to International Space Station (ISS), DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy said Saturday.

Apparently under prodding from the White House, NASA has said it will continue to cooperate with the ISRO, days after the U.S. space agency's chief criticised India and termed its anti-satellite weapon test a "terrible thing" for creating about 400 pieces of orbital debris. The DRDO chief said that all the debris should be dissolved within 45 days.

The NASA on Tuesday termed as a awful thing India's shooting down of one of its satellites which have created about 400 pieces of orbital scraps, endangering ISS.

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"Some debris going up could be a possibility, as per our simulation also".

"There is a risk (of debris from the Indian ASAT test) but the risk is for about 10 days which has been crossed", Reddy said. The issue of space junk is also one which India argues will be solved by the low orbit of the satellite.

On March 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India had shot down a live satellite in space and had become the fourth country to do so. Of a team of 150 scientists involved in the project, 30-40 were women who were involved in radar software development, telemetry and ground computer systems, he added. About 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries.

The press interaction came days ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 11 due to which the model code of conduct is in place. "We don't need any more tests at this orbit now", though he did not rule out the option of conducting more tests in the future.

With 830 satellites, USA leads the world in the number of satellites, followed by China with 280 satellites.

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