What is ASAT (Mission Shakti) And Why It Matters For Us?

Mission Shakti :- A few decades back, during the cold war and perceived intimidation of strikes from space, both superpowers of the world (the USA & Former USSR) worked on a special program ASAT (Anti-Satellite Weapons). And now as we know that, India performed its first anti-satellite missile test.

Our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared this in a specially televised announcement and with this, we have become the 4th nation in the world just after China, USSR, and the USA to have used such Anti-Satellite Weapon, and have effectively smashed a low earth orbit satellite in space by covering 300 km to hit the target. It is called ‘ Mission Shakti ‘.

And this is not only a test but also a demonstration to show the capability of India in outer space. As well as, exactly after the 5 days of this anti-satellite missile test, on 1st April 2019 ISRO put into orbit the EMISAT, an electronic intelligence satellite for the DRDO.

The extraordinary aspect of this space mission was the launching of a new variant of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying EMISAT and 28 international customer satellites. And this is really a proud moment for every Indian.

EMISAT
 EMISAT

Now come to the Mission Shakti…

This Mission Is Really Special For 2 Reasons:

  • Now India is one of the 4 nations to acquire such a specific & modern capability.
  • The whole effort is home-grown.

So, now we stand strong & stall as space power also. It will make us strong, capable, secure and will further peace and stability. Up till now, there are only 3 countries in the world had this capability to hit the target in space and we had been working on this technology from the last 10 – 15 years.

According to the different sources, the satellite destroyed by India in the space was out of service. And the government agency has confirmed that the target satellite was a microsatellite launched by the ISRO in the first month of this year.

And now NASA claimed that the wreckage from India’s anti-satellite missile test has raised a smash risk to the International Space Station (ISS) by 40 to 45 percent. But according to the ISRO, Indian scientists will not do anything to disgrace India and the flying wastage caused the “ Mission Shakti ” test will vanish in the next 6 months.

In the end, it doesn’t matter how the world reacting on ‘ Mission Shakti ‘, but we need this type of missions and other advancements to stand as a powerful nation in the world.

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