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India chose a much lower orbit for A-SAT test to avoid debris threat: DRDO

DRDO chairman's remarks come days after NASA raised concerns about the spread of debris from the Anti-Satellite Test (A-SAT) test India conducted on March 27

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO from Odisha on Wednesday 	photo: PTI
Ballistic Missile Defence Interceptor missile being launched by DRDO from Odisha on Wednesday | Photo: PTI

India chose a much lower of less than 300 km during for "capability demonstration" and to avoid the threat of debris to global space assets, Chairman said Saturday.

Reddy's remarks come days after raised concerns about the spread of debris from the (A-SAT) test India conducted on March 27.

At a briefing held at the Bhawan in New Delhi, Reddy said the interceptor had the capability to intercept in of 1,000 km. "An of around 300 km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration, and the purpose was to avoid the threat of debris to any global space assets," Reddy said.

"The debris created following the intercept will decay in a matter of weeks," he added.

On Tuesday, the had termed a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of one its satellites, saying the hit-to-kill mission created about 400 pieces of orbital debris.

India's too has said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris.

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

First Published: Sat, April 06 2019. 17:37 IST
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