India's ASAT debris expected to burn up in atmosphere: Pentagon

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"The satellite is tracked by many stations across the world".

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Monday that over 400 pieces of orbital debris from the test had been identified, including debris that was travelling above the International Space Station - something he called a "terrible, bad thing". Reddy said the orbital debris from the test will decay within 45 days from the day of the launch. "The best way of defence is to have deterrence", Reddy told media.

India's top defence scientist said the debris would burn up in 45 days.

The Ministry of External Affairs too has said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris. The Assistant secretary of Defense for global security and homeland defense, Kenneth Rapuanoin response to Heinrich's doubt on the code of conduct supported by DoD on space matters, said that Pentagon was having worldwide discussions on the use of anti satellite weapons.

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. However he said that destroying a satellite on objective is not right and some countries are doing this and creating debris and then they we are approached finally for space awareness.

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"We do not need any more tests in this orbit now".

He informed that amongst the scores of scientists involved in the project, around 35-40 of them were women while also asserting that around 2000 systems and sub-components of the mission were developed by 50 industries around the country.

On the timing of the test, Deputy National Security Adviser Pankaj Saran said it was a "technologically and scientifically driven one". "The ASAT missile will give new strength to India's space programme. We have had several statements from the USA, as far as India is concerned the official position is contained in the State Department statement".

On March 30, Chidambaram slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a "foolish government" would make such a disclosure and "betray" a defence secret. Bridenstine continued to say that this type of risk to humans in space, and low Earth orbit operations, was just not acceptable.