India to have 100 satellites in space by 2025

The flying robots are propelled by fans and can move in any direction and turn on any axis in space

The flying robots are propelled by fans and can move in any direction and turn on any axis in space

Addressing the media for the first time after the anti-satellite launch on March 27 along with Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) G. Satheesh Reddy, Deputy National Security Advisor Pankaj Saran said that India is already actively engaged in all relevant global negotiations on outer space, including a group of experts on prevention of arms race in outer space.

On concerns raised by the US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Mr. Saran said, "NASA is continuing its cooperation with India, including in the manned mission to space. The US has also done such a test", the DRDO chief said.

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".

Stressing that India has achieved new "deterrence" capabilities matching those of US, Russia and China, he shared details and results of the "direct ascent, kinetic kill" anti-satellite test that India conducted on March 27.

In the test, the DRDO used a three-stage interceptor missile equipped with a "hit-to-kill" vehicle that was launched from its research complex off the coast of Odisha to seek and destroy an Indian satellite 283km above the Earth. "From our simulation, we can very clearly say that the possibilities of (debris) hitting the ISS are not there", Reddy said. DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy, on his part, said it was for the government to decide on the issue of weaponisation of A-Sat systems or the creation of a fullfledged Aerospace Military Command.

Khalilzad 'Appreciates' Pakistan's Efforts For Afghan Peace
A meeting between his team and a Taliban delegation was expected in Doha around the weekend, but apparently that has been delayed. The premier also said he had canceled a scheduled meeting with Taliban leaders because of objections by the Afghan government.

The NASA on Tuesday termed as a frightful thing India's shooting down of one of its satellites which have created about 400 pieces of orbital scraps, endangering ISS. "The best way to ensure security is to have deterrence", he said. As per the mission, India's anti-satellite missile ASAT struck down another satellite.

Reddy said the simulation studies show all debris of the Indian A-SAT test would decay in 45 days.

James Bridenstine, NASA Administrator said that more awareness is needed in the field of space matters and debris tracking.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the A-SAT test's success as "an unprecedented achievement" that makes India "a space power".

All critical technologies for the ASAT test were developed indigenously. "As we explained, in 2014 the discussions on this started and in 2016, a presentation was given to the highest office". "This test won't breach any worldwide law or treaties", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some 150 scientists worked round-the-clock and some 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries.

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