SAT debris will decay in 45 days, says DRDO chief

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India said on Saturday it is looking to play a role in drafting global laws on different aspects of outer space as a major space faring nation with proven technology such as ground-based direct hit deterrence capability.

"There was a risk for 10 days and we have crossed that period", he told a press conference.

"A mission of this nature after a test is conducted can't be kept secret".

Speaking about the importance of the mission, the DRDO chief said, "The DRDO has shown the capability of a complex mission".

"An orbit of around 300 km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration, and the objective was to avoid threat of debris to any global space assets", Reddy said.

Stressing that India has achieved new "deterrence" capabilities matching those of US, Russia and China, he shared details and results of the "direct ascent, kinetic kill" anti-satellite test that India conducted on March 27.

When asked about the need for a space command and serial production of the A-Sat, he said, "It is for the government to take a decision".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, announced the successful completion of the test which had been dubbed "Mission Shakti" or "Strength".

James Bridenstine, NASA Administrator said that more awareness is needed in the field of space matters and debris tracking. The best way to ensure security is to have deterrence.

On March 27, the DRDO successfully blew up Indian satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO), up to 300 km.

Reddy said the simulation studies show all debris of the Indian A-SAT test would decay in 45 days. He explained that the satellite is tracked by many stations across the world.

Talking about the project, the DRDO chief said that 150 plus scientists took part in the exercise and around 40 were women. All critical technologies for the test were developed indigenously and about 90% of the entire test in indigenous, Dr. Reddy added. India has the capacity to hit target up to 1000 km and the test was intentionally held at a lower height.

"We have active cooperation with many worldwide space powers". The USCIS, said, it will next determine if it has received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption, known as the master's cap.

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