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