India refuses to comment on NASA allegation

Katie Ramirez
April 5, 2019

"Since last week, the risk of small debris impact to the ISS has increased by 44 per cent", Bridenstine said.

Bridenstine said NASA was preparing a request for additional funding to achieve the 2024 Moon landing goal.

The doomed satellite was at an altitude of approximately 300 kilometres (185 miles) when it was destroyed, a height low enough such that the debris should "decay and fall back onto the Earth within weeks", claimed India's foreign ministry after the test.

"At the end of the day, these activities are not sustainable or compatible with human spaceflight".

Days after India's anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit, a NASA administrator called it a "terrible thing".

"It is indeed hypocritical for the U.S. to complain since the Pentagon has created more space debris than any other nation on the planet", says Bruce K. Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.

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"We have identified as 400 pieces of debris from that one event".

India's decision to shoot down one of its own satellites in a bid to flex its military space muscle is a "terrible, awful thing" and not sustainable or compatible with human spaceflight, NASA's highest-ranked official has warned. With that, India became only the fourth country to test an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) weapon - used to attack enemy satellites or intercepting ballistic missiles - after the US, China, and Russian Federation.

A family in India watches prime minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation during a televised address on 27 March 2019. The antisatellite test catapulted 24 of those pieces to locations above the ISS, from where they will gradually descend toward Earth, possibly passing the space station. "India registered its name as a space power". They are now tracking around 23,000 objects which are bigger than 10 centimetres. And in 1985, the United States also used one of its own satellites for target practice.

The NASA chief said "a lot" of the debris created by that test remained in orbit. "It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony", Modi tweeted shortly after the test.

However, space companies and agencies around the world were not pleased with India's test. Brian Weeden, Director of Program Planning at the Secure World Foundation, - a private organization that promotes peaceful uses of resources in outer space - asked on Twitter if any companies are considering boycotting India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to send a message to the nation.

NASA Administrator Bridenstine echoed those words of caution on Monday, saying, "When one country does it, then other countries feel like they have to do it as well".

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