Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The International Space Station Still At Risk From Indian Satellite Debris – NASA

The International Space Station still faces a risk of being punctured by the Indian space debris according to NASA. The likelihood of the International Space Station (ISS) being hit by the space debris has risen by 5%, according to Roscosmos experts.

India Creates History – Successfully Test Fires ‘Anti-Satellite Weapon’ on Live Satellite

“NASA has carried out calculations on the probability of the station getting punctured because of more debris surfacing and being dispersed. There are numerical estimates raising the probability of a puncture by about 5%,” Krikalyov Roscosmos stated.

Senior Assistant to the Section Head at the Main Center for the Surveillance of the Space Situation Roman Fattakhov said earlier that more than 100 pieces of the debris appeared after India had tested its anti-satellite weapon, shooting down a satellite. The debris may eventually pose a threat to the ISS.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised address to the nation on March 27 that the country’s Air Force had successfully tested its own anti-satellite weapon, shooting down a satellite in low near-Earth orbit.

As Indian PM Modi emphasized, the tests have enabled India to join the club of the world’s space super-powers, which includes the United States, Russia and China. The interceptor missile developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) was launched from a testing range located on Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal.

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