India to have 100 satellites in space by 2025

Olive Hawkins
April 8, 2019

The DRDO chief also said that the interceptor missile used in "Mission Shakti" has a range of more than 1000km but the interception was deliberately done at a range of 283km to ensure the safety of space assets.

The letter comes days after NASA chief Bridenstine in a town hall meeting criticized India's anti-satellite missile (ASAT) test because of the debris it generated in the space.

According to Dr M Annadurai, former director of ISRO satellite centre in Bengaluru, the problem of space debris is a wider issue. "The US has also done such a test", the DRDO chief said. "All necessary permissions were taken", Reddy said.

India in late March joined the ranks of U.S., Russian Federation and China by successfully targeting live satellite on a low-earth orbit. The A-Sat missile that destroyed the Microsat-R satellite, at an altitude of 283-km in the low-earth orbit (LEO) on March 27, was a "directascent, kinetic kill" weapon.

He also responded to a question on Congress leader P Chidambaram's criticism of the government on the test, who had said that "only a foolish government" would reveal a defence secret.

The NASA on Tuesday termed as a disgusting thing India's shooting down of one of its satellites which have created about 400 pieces of orbital scraps, endangering ISS.

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NASA has said that India's destruction of one of its satellites was a bad thing that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. "The best way of defence is to have deterrence", Reddy told media. On March 27, India achieved a historic accomplishment by firing down its low orbit satellite.

"If a space command needs to be formulated, it is the decision of the government", he said.

Addressing the mediapersons, Reddy also said, "For a similar application we don't need another test".

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

Nearly all the technologies used for the ASAT test were indigenously developed with some 50 industries contributing components for the 13 metre missiles weighing 19 tonnes.

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

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