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

07 April 2019

"Even though the interceptor has the capability to intercept at the altitudes of more than 1000km, it has been very specifically created to have an interception below 300 km to ensure the safety of space assets and also that debris there decays very fast", he said.

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

Decisions on the weaponisation of space would be taken by the government, Reddy said. "We have conducted the test on 12th February against an electronic target which has given a lot of information for us with many applications".

On various responses by the USA on India's anti-satellite launch, including the one by NASA administrator James Bridenstine terming it a "terrible thing", Saran said New Delhi treats the State Department statement as official and drew attention to report that NASA has conveyed that it is continuing with ongoing cooperation with India on space including on human space flight mission.

"That is a awful, bad thing to create an event that sends debris and an apogee that goes above the International Space Station". Reddy said the Indian test was created to ensure minimum debris. 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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He said that simulations showed that there was a possibility of some debris escaping to higher levels, but we can clearly say the possibility of hitting ISS is not there.

The DRDO chief said the weapon has boosted the country's defence.

After entering into the elite space club with "Mission Shakti", rubbing shoulders with bigwigs like the US, Russia and China, India is all set to take a giant leap by sending 100 satellites into space by 2025. "The best way of defence is to have deterrence". "This is a ground-based direct hit works for defence also".

All critical technologies for the ASAT test were developed indigenously. 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.

Refusing to reveal much about the space-based capabilities that India is developing, the DRDO chief said that Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) and electromagnetic pulse can be used on "several other applications" and DRDO is working on them.

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