SAT space debris means no harm to ISS or anyone

SAT space debris means no harm to ISS or anyone”

"This [anti-satellite weapon] test should be a matter of grave concern for the worldwide community, not only in terms of generation of space debris but also because of its ramifications for long-term sustainability of peaceful space activities", the Pakistani foreign ministry statement released on Tuesday said.

India says the debris is harmless and will not affect any other satellites or the ISS.

Speaking at a recent Town Hall, the space agency's highest ranking official admonished the Indian government for shooting down a satellite in low orbit, calling the test "unacceptable". After suffering a significant setback during preparations for a launch pad abort test in June 2018, the company managed to keep those problems from going public for about a month.

"The test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris", India's Ministry of External Affairs stated in a press release.

The International Space Station was launched way back in 1998 and has been seen over 54 crewed missions.

Though the Indian satellite was destroyed in Low Earth orbit, Bridenstine said: "That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that the test, known as Mission Shakti, was successful. This increased risk is due to NASA identifying 400 different pieces of orbital debris from the event.

Although Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already made it clear that it has no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space and the scaling up defence capability to enter the super league of the US, China and Russian Federation is not aimed against anyone, Pakistan still remains a anxious and strong proponent of non-militarisation of outer space. "Whatever debris is generated will decay and fall back onto the Earth within weeks".

Bridenstine continued: "We are charged with commercialising low Earth orbit; we are charged with enabling more activities in space than we've ever seen before for the objective of benefiting the human condition, whether it's pharmaceuticals or printing human organs in 3D 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". That said, Bridenstine assured the town hall audience that the six people now on board the ISS aren't in any immediate danger. "Commercial crew flight tests, along with the additional Soyuz opportunities, help us transition with greater flexibility to our next-generation commercial systems under the Commercial Crew Program".

Ultimately, Starliner will be one of two American vehicles used to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS - the other is SpaceX's Dragon capsule. While it's entirely legal for a nation to shoot down one of its own satellites, the display does raise questions about the goal of such risky endeavours.

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