NASA says India’s ASAT Satellite testing as a ‘terrible thing’

On Tuesday, the head of NASA named India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had made 400 pieces of orbital remains and headed to new threats for astronauts situated in aboard at the International Space Station.

India’s Test Created 400 Pieces Of Debris, Risk To Space Station: NASA

India is now part of the leading club of global space powers along with U.S. Russia and China which have established proficiency for missile-based anti-satellite weapons.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed the nation that India has moved in to an exclusive leading club of nations who are well thought out to be ‘space powers’ by declaring the achievement of ‘Mission Shakti’.

Before announcing the information, PM Modi on his official twitter account tweeted, “I would be addressing the nation at around 11:45 AM – 12.00 noon with an important message.

Do watch the address on television, radio or social media.”

Jim Bridenstine was speaking to the staffs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration just five days after India break down a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test to demonstrate that the nation was amongst the world’s progressive space powers.

NASA says debris from India’s ASAT increased risk to International Space Station

Bridenstine further clarified that not entirely all of the fragments were big enough to track. “What we are tracking right now, objects big enough to track, we’re talking about 10 centimeters (six inches) or bigger, about 60 pieces have been tracked.”

The Indian satellite was shattered at a comparatively low height of 180 miles (300 kilometers), well lower than the ISS and maximum satellites in the orbit.

Bridenstine also said that 24 of the pieces “are going above the apogee of the International Space Station.”

He further added, “That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the International Space Station. That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight. It’s unacceptable and NASA needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is.”

The US military tracks the matters in space to forecast the collision threat for the ISS and for satellites. They are at present tracing 23,000 objects larger than 10 centimetres.

That comprises around 10,000 pieces of space debris, of which approximately 3,000 were produced by a particular event: a Chinese anti-satellite trial in the year 2007 at 530 miles from the surface.

As an outcome of the Indian trial, the risk of crash with the ISS has raised by 44 per cent in excess of 10 days, Bridenstine said. But the threat will drive away over time as much of the debris will burn up as it comes in the earth’s atmosphere.

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