NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine called out India for conducting an anti-satellite missile test that he says put the International Space Station at risk for a small debris impact.
Anti-satellite missile of India created 400 pieces of orbital debris placing ISS astronauts at risk.
On Monday, Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator said only 60 pieces of debris were large to track. 24 went above ISIS apogee, point of orbit farthest of space station from Earth.
“That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the International Space Station. That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight. It is not acceptable for us to allow people to create orbital debris fields that put at risk our people”
Headquarters hosted an agencywide town hall with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Monday, April 1, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. NASA HQ employees were invited to join the Administrator in the Webb auditorium for this important discussion on our Moon to Mars plans.
On March 27, Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister announced that India had achieved a “historic feat” by shooting its own low-orbit satellite down with a ground-to-space missile.
China, Russia & USA have capabilities of anti-satellite missile.
MissionShakti is special for 2 reasons: (1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability. (2) Entire effort is indigenous. India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony.
Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said;
“The lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris & whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the Earth within weeks”
However, Bridenstine said Indian test increased small debris’ risk hitting ISS by 44% immediately over 10 days afterward.
“It’s unacceptable, and NASA needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is. We are charged with enabling more activities in space than we’ve ever seen before for the purpose of benefiting the human condition, whether it’s pharmaceuticals or printing human organs in 3-D to save lives here on Earth, or manufacturing capabilities in space that you’re not able to do in a gravity well. All of those are placed at risk when these kind of events happen — and when one country does it, then other countries feel like they have to do it as well”
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