27 03 2019
While addressing to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that India’s ambitious anti-satellite weapons project has been successful and that the country has just joined the league of space powers by shooting down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite which was a pre-determined target.
This mission —“ Mission Shakti”— makes India the fourth nation after US, Russia, and China, to become a “space superpower”, as it acquired the technology and capacity to shoot down designated target satellites with anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons. Though the mission seemed to be a difficult target, it was successfully completed within three minutes of its launch.
An anti-satellite weapon A-SAT successfully targeted a live satellite on a low earth orbit under the ‘Mission Shakti’ operation, today. With this, India has etched its name in the elite group of space powers.
DRDO launched the ASAT weapon on Wednesday from its testing range in Odisha’s Balasore. It targeted a satellite which was positioned on a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at a height of 300 km from earth’s surface.
A Low Earth Orbit (LEO) refers to an Earth-centred orbit at an altitude of 2,000 km. A-SAT is a weapon system that is designed to destroy satellites.
- A team of Indian scientists launched a missile at a satellite in low-earth orbit.
- The anti-satellite (ASAT) missile hit the mark and destroyed the satellite.
- The entire operation was completed within 3 minutes.
- Previously only the US, Russia and China had ASAT missile capabilities. Now, India also joins the club.
- The ASAT is Made in India, by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)
PM Modi said that the mission played a major role in securing India’s safety, economic growth and technological advancement.
“”The importance of space and satellite is growing. In such a situation, it is important to protect these things. Today’s development will strengthen the country and I want to assure that the new capabilities that we achieved today are not against anyone. Today’s development does not break any international laws. We want to work for the security of 130 crore citizens of our country. Our main mission is to maintain peace and not create an environment of war.” Modi said in his speech.
PM Modi also said that “Mission Shakti” was a complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India’s exceptional scientists and the success of our space programme.
#MissionShakti has been trending on all the social media platforms, as people can’t help but rejoice about the country’s new feat.
PM Modi thanked all the scientists involved, in making the mission successful. This is the best example of unity in India. As it is said “United we stand, Divided we fall” was best proved today by the success of Mission Shakti, where the unity of our expert professionals helped us reach the fourth position in missile capabilities. Same way, unity of Shakti Enterprise’s expert translators gives your business a cutting edge.