India to have 100 satellites in space by 2025

Kerry GarnerApr 07, 2019

The government on Wednesday declined to comment on the United States space agency NASA evaluation that India's anti-satellite weapon test a week ago contributed To the creation of 400 pieces of space debris which may pose a threat to the International Space Station.

Reddy, at a briefing held at the DRDO Bhawan here, said the interceptor had the capability to intercept satellites in orbit of 1,000 km.

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".

The Pentagon said on Thursday that it stood by its assessment that debris from an Indian anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons test would eventually burn up in the atmosphere, even after NASA's administrator warned of the danger the debris posed.

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Reacting to former Union Minister P Chidambaram's statement where he said that such capabilities need to be kept secret, he said, "A mission of this nature after the test is conducted can not be kept secret technically".

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. The satellite is tracked by many stations across the world and all the necessary permissions were taken to carry out the test, he added.

Reddy also said that there was no need for any more tests in this orbit now. 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. India is the fourth nation to have achieved the feat after US, Russia and China.

Recently, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chief Jim Bridenstine called India's ASAT test a "terrible thing". Some 150 scientists worked round-the-clock and some 2,000 components were sourced from 50 private industries. "As part of our partnership with you, we will continue to work on issues using the NASA-ISRO Human Space Flight Working Group, Planetary Science Working Group, US India Earth Science Working Group and the Heliophysics Working Group", Bridenstine said.

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