India to have 100 satellites in space by 2025

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein talked about 60 bits have been tracked so far and from that 24 are going over the apogee of the ISS.

On Tuesday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) had termed a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of its satellite, saying the hit-to-kill mission created about 400 pieces of orbital debris. Bridenstine was addressing employees of NASA after India shot down a low-orbiting satellite in a weapon test to register itself to become an elite space superpower.

"There is a risk (of debris from the Indian ASAT test) but the risk is for about 10 days which has been crossed", Reddy said. The DRDO chief said that all the debris should be dissolved within 45 days. India has the capacity to hit target up to 1000 km and the test was intentionally held at a lower height. He also asserted that the best way of defence is to have deterrence. "As part of our partnership with you, we will continue to work on issues using the NASA-ISRO Human Space Flight Working Group, Planetary Science Working Group, US India Earth Science Working Group and the Heliophysics Working Group", Bridenstine said.

On March 27, India shot down one of its satellites in space with an ASAT missile, which made it only the fourth country after the United States, the USSR and China to have used such a weapon.

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China destroyed a satellite in a polar orbit, altitude in excess of 800 km (500 miles) in 2007, creating the largest orbital debris cloud in history with more than 3,000 objects, according to the Secure World Foundation.

"That is a bad, awful thing to create an event that sends debris at an apogee that goes above the International Space Station [ISS]".

Apart from India, only three other countries including the US, Russia and China have anti-satellite missile (ASAT) capabilities. When asked if any more test would be needed in the future, including in higher earth orbit, he said, "We don't need a test as of now".

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. The mission was conceived in 2014 and development started in 2016.

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