Indian space research organisation [ISRO] scientist Tapan Misra on tuesday countered National aeronautics and area Administration’s claim that India’s anti-satellite missile check had increased collision risk to the International space platform. The senior advisor to ISRO’s chairman said that the organisation wouldn’t do anything “to shame India” and further that the debris will burn out in six months.
Misra’s statement came a day when NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said that the test had created sixty items of orbital dust sufficiently big to trace and 400 items of debris in total. Of these, twenty four items rise over the International space Station’s orbit around Earth, Bridenstine had said. “That is a terrible, terrible thing, to create an event that sends debris in an apogee that goes above the International space station,” Bridenstine had said. “And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see happen.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had publicized that the test, known as Mission Shakti, was successful. His statement, however, was criticised and described as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct by many.
Misra expressed confidence in the scientists at India’s Defence and Research Development Organisation. “Even the best of friends sometimes criticise you on your marriage day saying the food is not good,” Misra told the daily, in a reference to NASA. “When we do something different, we will not always get garlands. That is part of life…It has happened at about 300 kilometres in space where the wind pressure is low, but it is enough to burn them down in another six months.”
Misra was director of ISRO’s Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre and is presently active on India’s space mission “Gaganyaan.” He was speaking at an open house session at the Gujarat National Law University on the topic “Indian Human Space Programme and its legal implication.”