The beginning of an anti-satellite era!
India just launched an anti-satellite mission testing the capability to overcome satellite threats. It became the fourth country, coming in par with the U.S, Russia, and China to have an armory of bringing down satellites, with the space program.
The technology didn’t just come out of nowhere, instead, it was available within the range of DRDO back in 2012. It was also made an option to be carried as a test during the rule of Congress but wasn’t attempted.
As proposed by the DRDO chief VK Saraswat there was a hurdle in getting the project clearance for the Anti- Satellite (ASAT) weapon. Moreover, with a non-responding government, the plan to launch back in 2012 was hauled.
With the recent government appreciating the need for the capability, it became successful in implementation.
The project was announced shortly after the successful completion of tests being done. The operation was favorably completed in a matter of three minutes after the tests had been launched. The tests were moreover launched from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha.
The interceptor missile is a three-stage missile which is filled with rocket boosters. The mission did meet the objectives as tracking data from range sensors confirming the same. A BMD interceptor was further used from the DRDO, which has been a part of the ongoing ballistic missile defense programme.
India by far has been only aimed to test the capability of such missiles, with the first time being accomplishing to intercept a satellite and shoot it down. This was based on to complete indigenous technology domain led by the team of scientists.
In addition to the fulfillment of the mission, the test also made a strong impact on China which was carrying similar tests since 2007 and the last one being a year before.
While targeting and destroying the satellites of the enemy can pause communications of a country during a conflict, it can also stop the enemy in using the missiles and drones.
India’s rapidly growing space program demanded such initiatives as it had picked pace in the last five years of discouragement.
As of now, India has undertaken nearly 102 spacecraft oriented mission which further consists of communication satellites, experimental satellites, navigation, and observation satellites. These are mostly meant for scientific research and exploration in academic studies.