Mission shakti a surgical strike that
India successfully tested which is actually an anti-satellite (A-Sat).
India had been programming for several years to build a missile to add to Agni-V and A-Sat is capable to spin-off from a distance of 500 km But did not cross the red line till Prime Minister Modi gave the green signal. Scientists and 300 DRDO staff worked on the project.
The technology was in making for more than 10 years. However, the project got final sanction in 2016-2017.
Only 5-6 people knew about the launching time of the mission.
missile to destroy an orbiting satellite at an altitude of almost 300 km on Wednesday (27th March 2019)
With this success, India will be able to increase its power in space. India has been trying to show more power though there were objections or oppositions from our neighbouring countries.
With this successful missile launch, India has joined with USA, Russia, and China
India last secret test was at Pokhran in May 1998 to refine its nuclear capability.
Indian scientists have test-fired the three-stage missile with 2 solid rocket launchers(boosters). It was launched from APJ Abdul Kalam Island, Balasore, Odisha coast at 11.10 am. The 180-ton missile is made to destroy a 740 kg Microsat- R satellite 274 km away.
Isro Launched the satellite on Earth’s low orbit (160-2000 km) on January 24. The target was moving at 7.8 km/sec more than 20 times the speed of the sound.
It’s very difficult to hit a satellite because of its high velocity and small size Also, there is very little time to collect data.
While India tested A-Sat at less than 300 km, scientist says it can hit up to 1000 km away.
Some exciting technologies from the Prithvi class of missiles used.
India has undertaken 102 spacecraft missions to launch satellites for communication, observation, navigation, scientific research, and exploration.
India has to acquire a degree of confidence to ensure its success. It reflects the intention of enhancing our national security.
WHY IT’S A BIG DEAL
- This leaves very little time to detect, prepare and intercept when you have it in sight.
- It takes a fast vehicle and strong manoeuvring capabilities
- The actual time for an interception in less than a second while overall preparation time would be in a few minutes.
- Only the US, Russia, China have demonstrated similar capabilities.
- Now India has the ability to tackle high altitude incoming missiles.
- Prithvi missile can intercept a target at 80 km altitude, while A Sat demonstrated this at around 300 km altitude.
- “KINETIC KILL” technology used for this mission where we have developed capability, no explosives or ammunition was used.
- Strike down enemy satellites that spy on India.
India registers its space objects with the UN register notifies international bodies about its rocket launches and follows UN space mitigation guidelines.