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Post-ASAT, India sees role in drafting space laws

Post-ASAT, India sees role in drafting space laws

DRDO Chief G Satheesh Reddy on Saturday held a press briefing on Mission Shakti Project and said that within 45 days, all the debris of India's anti-satellite ASAT test will decay.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Monday that over 400 pieces of orbital debris from the test had been identified, including debris that was travelling above the International Space Station - something he called a "terrible, awful thing".

"An orbit of around 300 km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration, and the goal was to avoid threat of debris to any global space assets", Reddy said at a press conference.

Reddy said according to Indian simulations, there were no possibilities of hitting the International Space Station with A-SAT debris.

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

NASA head Jim Bridenstine branded India's destruction of one of its satellites a "terrible thing".

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On March 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India had shot down a live satellite in space and had become the fourth country to do so.

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.

For the first test mission, slated for 2024, the company wants to dismantle SwissCube, a nanosatellite developed by students from EPFL and other Swiss universities and launched on 23 September 2009. Moreover, the International Space Station was not directly above the collision spot but in an orbit above the North Atlantic Ocean, over French Guyana, when India's ASAT test took place over the Bay of Bengal, Reddy said. "If a space command needs to be formulated, it is the decision of the government".

"Space has gained importance in the military domain". Of those, 24 went above the apogee of the ISS, the point of the space station's orbit farthest from the Earth. China performed a similar test in 2007, and that test is said to have created almost a third of all debris that NASA is tracking.

Reddy also said that there was no need for any more tests in this orbit now.

About 150 scientists worked round-the-clock in the past six months and about 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries.