Debris from anti-satellite test no danger to ISS, India says

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NASA, on the other hand, that more than 400 pieces of orbital debris from the test had been identified - including debris that was travelling above the International Space Station. NASA had warned that the risk of debris colliding with the International Space Station has risen by 44 per cent since the Indian anti-satellite weapon test. India Becomes Elite Space Power With Successful "Mission Shakti" Test. According to NASA, in the ten days, since India conducted the test the chance of debris colliding with the ISS is up by 44%.

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

Bridenstine's assessment contrasted sharply with the one offered by Acting U.S. Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan on March 28, when he played down the threat the debris might pose to satellites in space and said it was his understanding the debris would eventually burn up in the atmosphere.

India conducted a weapons test recently that hurled a missile into space to destroy a satellite.

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".

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While speaking to reporters, the DRDO chief today said that the safety of space assets was ensured and the whole team behind the operation worked diligently, keeping in mind the safety of ISS.

Another big task in front of the DRDO was to keep this ambitious human spaceflight mission a secret as there were several spy machineries working to track it.

He further added, "Look at the nations who have conducted such test, USA, China, they all are coming into public view because the satellite is tracked by many stations across the world". The Assistant secretary of Defense for global security and homeland defense, Kenneth Rapuanoin response to Heinrich's doubt on the code of conduct supported by DoD on space matters, said that Pentagon was having worldwide discussions on the use of anti satellite weapons. "This test won't breach any worldwide law or treaties", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It also said that it will lead to creation of almost 400 pieces of orbital debris. "The ASAT missile will give new strength to India's space programme".

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said that was a "terrible, bad thing".

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