Mission Shakti: Pentagon defends ASAT test

Highlights:

  • On March 27, India achieved a historic feat by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a space power.
  • The test made India the fourth country in the world after the US, Russia and China to have the ASAT capabilities.
  • The first lesson from the Indian ASAT is just the simple question of why did they do that.
  • After India's test, NASA termed as a "terrible thing" the country's shooting down of one of its satellites, saying it created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, endangering the the International Space Station (ISS).
  • India announced last month that it had successfully conducted a test of an anti-satellite weapon.
  • China - a similar effort in 2007 that led to the catalogued 100,000 pieces of debris, many of which are still observing in debris fields that pose danger to other assets in space.
  • There was a collision in '09 between a working US satellite and a sort of defunct Soviet era satellite that -kind of a fender bender that produced debris.