India can now hit multiple space targets: DRDO chief

Katie Ramirez
April 8, 2019

He also said the mission was successful and India did not need more tests in the low earth orbit now.

Responding to NASA administrator James Bridenstine's observations that the risk of collision with ISS had risen 44 per cent after India's ASAT test, Reddy said when India conducted the test, the space station was over French Guiana.

DRDO presented the objectives, mission challenges and achievements of the Anti-Satellite Test (A-SAT) during the event. "This test covers all LEO satellites, including those for military use", Dr. Reddy said, adding that hitting multiple satellites was feasible.

The Ministry of External Affairs had said the test is significant because India has "tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology". "We also designed the angle and orientation of the interceptor-satellite hit to minimise debris flying into higher orbits", Reddy said.

On Saturday's meeting, the DRDO said in a statement, "A special interaction session was organised by the DRDO here today to present first-hand account of the mission details, development milestones, including technological aspects of Mission Shakti". "We will continue to monitor the remaining debris from your test as it relates to the safety of our human spaceflight activities especially at the International Space Station", wrote the NASA Administration, according to the letter.

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India's recent test of anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile has been termed as "a awful, bad thing" by NASA.

When asked about the need for a space command and serial production of the A-Sat, he said, "It is for the government to take a decision". On April 4, the Pentagon said that the space debris from India's A-Sat (anti-satellite) missile test would burn up in the atmosphere, thereby standing by Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan's assessment.

On the issue of militarisation of space, Dr. Reddy said space had gained importance in the military domain. "The best way of defence is to have deterrence".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on March 27 that India had achieved a "historic feat" by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a "space power".

He informed that amongst the scores of scientists involved in the project, around 35-40 of them were women while also asserting that around 2000 systems and sub-components of the mission were developed by 50 industries around the country. The mission was conceived in 2014 and development started in 2016.

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