‘All debris to decay in 45 days’: DRDO chief on Mission Shakti

"But, multiple (targets) is definitely feasible".

India in late March joined the ranks of U.S., Russian Federation and China by successfully targeting live satellite on a low-earth orbit.

Since India conducted the test in Low Earth orbit, it avoided a similar scenario, Shanahan added. "An orbit of around 300 km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration, and the goal was to avoid threat of debris to any global space assets", Reddy said.

The Pentagon said on Thursday that its earlier conclusion that debris from India's anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons test would ultimately burn up in the atmosphere remained unchanged even after NASA's scientists warned of the danger the debris posed. That sort of action isn't compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we must see have happened, he'd stated.

On Tuesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had termed a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of its satellite, saying the hit-to-kill mission created about 400 pieces of orbital debris. "LEO was chosen based on simulations with primary objective being to minimise debris". We don't have information on that. "Best way of defence is to have deterrence".

Reddy said according to Indian simulations, there were no possibilities of hitting the International Space Station with A-SAT debris. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the mission, dubbed Mission Shakti, conducted on March 27 had made India a "space power".

About 150 scientists worked round-the-clock in the past six months and about 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries. "As we explained, in 2014 the discussions on this started and in 2016, a presentation was given to the highest office".

This response has come days after NASA criticized India for A-SAT test. We don't need any more tests in this orbit as of now.

Elaborating further about the A-Sat test conducted on March 27, he said, "The interceptor that has been used for this objective is a three stage vehicle with two stages of solid propellant and then a kill vehicle". "The satellite is tracked by many stations across the world". All critical technologies for the test were developed indigenously and about 90% of the entire test in indigenous, Dr. Reddy added.

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