With a successful ‘Mission Shakti’, India downs low-earth orbit satellite with A-SAT Weapon taking India’s Defence capabilities to the next level and becomes a space superpower after the massive success of the mission.
In an interview to news agency ANI, DRDO chairman G Sateesh Reddy elaborated on what it took to help India join a club of just three other countries – the US, Russia and China. “In the last six months when the A-SAT missile program entered ‘mission mode’ level, about 100 scientists worked around the clock to reach the intended launch date target that was set.”
Here are some amazing facts about ‘Mission Shakti’ you need to know-
1) India has shot down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) live satellite orbiting at an altitude of 300 km, which was a pre-determined target, by an anti-satellite missile.
2) The A-SAT is a three-stage BMD interceptor missile with two rocket boosters. A-SAT missile has capabilities of targeting all ‘Low Earth Orbit’ satellites. It has a range of up to a 1000 kilometers plus.
3) Low Earth Orbits are satellite systems used in telecommunication, which orbit between 400 and 1,000 miles above the earth’s surface.
4) The tests named ‘Mission Shakti’, was launched from the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha and completed in 3 minutes.
5) India is only the fourth nation after the US, Russia, and China to develop such a weapon.
6) It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists at DRDO & ISRO. India has for the first time tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to intercept a satellite and shoot it down in space based on complete indigenous technology.
7) By demonstrating anti-satellite missile capability, India has joined the space ‘super league’ while assuring everyone that the test does not breach any international law or treaties.
8) ASATs are assets. Targeting and destroying satellites of the enemy can completely halt communication systems of a country and during a conflict, this would mean the enemy could fail to use its missiles or drones.
PM Narendra Modi announced that ‘Mission Shakti’ was aimed at strengthening India’s overall security, economic growth and technological advancement calling it ‘Mission Shakti’. LISTEN TO HIS FULL ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON ‘MISSION SHAKTI’ HERE-
Congratulations to the dynamic & dedicated scientists of the iconic Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) & Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). India’s scientific prowess and commitment to harnessing space technology for the security and empowerment of all Indians.
Formed in 1969, ISRO superseded the erstwhile Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) established in 1962 by the efforts of independent India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his close aide and scientist Vikram Sarabhai. The establishment of ISRO thus institutionalised space activities in India. It is managed by the Department of Space, which reports to the Prime Minister of India.
“Strength’s Origin is in Science” is the motto of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is an agency of the Government of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India. It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production with the Defence Science Organisation. It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.