Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Wednesday, congratulating DRDO scientists on Mission Shakti’s success. Here is a look at what the mission is all about and why it is an achievement to the country.
Anti-Satellite weapons or ASAT are space weapons that are specifically designed for military purposes. The operation under which India made a success with this kind of satellite is named as Mission Shakti. The satellite was developed by the Indian defence body, DRDO, in collaboration with ISRO.
PM Narendra Modi announced the successful launch of the ASAT today, making India the fourth country in the world in this area of ASATs. He announced that India struck down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite, thereby successfully testing its ASAT system. The operation was carried in just three minutes where it succeeded in striking a test satellite placed 300 kilometres away.
In the journey of every nation there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come.
One such moment is today.
India has successfully tested the Anti-Satellite (ASAT) Missile. Congratulations to everyone on the success of #MissionShakti.
The PM said that the mission was a highly complex one and concluded at a very high speed with remarkable precision. “It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme. ISRO and DRDO have done a brilliant job with the mission,” he said.
The last PM Modi addressed the nation so suddenly was on November 8, 2016, when he announced demonetisation or the overnight ban on ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes. He addressed the nation on December 31 that year as the 50-day deadline to deposit or exchange the scrapped notes came to an end. So when he said today that he had an announcement to make to the country, it was natural that everyone expected something big. The ASAT is indeed a huge achievement and brings into a remarkable position in the global competition.
Why Is It An Achievement?
Many countries in the world have attempted the ASAT system. They have several times shot down their own satellites to demonstrate their ASAT capabilities in a show force. There have been only three countries in the world so far that have demonstrated the capabilities of an anti-satellite. The three countries being the US, Russia and China. After the Indian ASAT today, India gets to be a part of this elite group, to demonstrate their ASAT capabilities.
India is not only the fourth country in the world to showcase its capabilities, but all its efforts are indigenous. As a part of Mission Shakti, India has attained another milestone in the area of space technology.
Former DRDO chief and NITI Aayog member Dr VK Saraswat, while talking about this mission said, “This is a fantastic capability to have and it gives us a deterrence in case our adversaries try to militarise the space or try to prevent us from using our existing space capabilities.”
The PM also assured that this mission for the purpose of r=safety and security of the country will not, in any way, rupture any laws. “We’re against arms raised in space. This test won’t breach any international law or treaties,” said the PM during the announcement. The mission is entirely India’s step for its own defence security, and will not be used against any other country.
ISRO is planning to launch its electronics intelligence satellite called Emisat on 1st of April this year, for the defence body DRDO. Earlier this year, the space agency flew a PSLV with two and four strap-on motors. With one of India’s biggest projects, Chandrayaan 2, to be launched in April this year, along with these new announcements, the country is waiting to see what advancements these missions are going to bring to us.
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