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‘We Are Space Power Now’: India Successfully Shoots Down Satellite In Low-Earth Orbit

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'We Are Space Power Now': India Successfully Shoots Down Satellite In Low-Earth Orbit

The Anti-satellite missile PDV Mk II, Odisha, India, 27.03.2019. IMAGE: DRDO

In a national address on March 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India had test-fired a rocket that shot down one of its own low-orbit satellites making a “historic feat”. This move put India in an exclusive club of nations, along with the US, Russia and China, that have proved their ability to destroy targets in space.

“India stands tall as a space power!” Modi tweeted after his announcement. He added that the entire effort had been “indigenous,” accomplished entirely by Indians.

On March 27, India used a PDV (Prithvi Defence Vehicle) Mk II interceptor missile to shoot down the MICROSAT-R (2019-006A) satellite, which was launched on January 24, 2019. The targeted satellite was at a height of over 280km.

The PDV Mk II is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

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  • 42 degrees south

    So, the west can stop donating aid to India?

    • Barba_Papa

      To the Indian government? Yeah. To local Indian charities, from local western charities, that’s up to the charities themselves to decide.

      • 42 degrees south

        Western government aid to India is still western government aid to India regardless of the recipient or who benefits.

        • Barba_Papa

          Rubbish. There is a significant difference between giving aid to the Indian government and then (hopefully) dispenses it locally versus giving aid directly to Indian locals.

    • Kathi Prapul Chandra

      What donations you owe the world 2000 billion

      • 42 degrees south

        liar and a racist? Well done, now go find some instructions on how to build a toilet.

  • Barba_Papa

    More litter in space? Just what we need. More debris and space junk that will make future space travel more hazardous.

  • Kathi Prapul Chandra

    India China and all countries need neuclear
    Bombs and ballastic missiles to keep away western powers.
    If Venezuela had a atomic bombs USA would have kept away.
    So guys let the white race race rage and cry. But you don’t stop.

  • chris chuba

    Correct me if I am wrong but it looks like the basic capability of the weapon is range limited to shooting down satellites as they pass over India which is also what Russia and China have.

    The reason I state this is because the U.S. is making this excuse to have orbiting weapons platforms which is a completely new category and a weaponization of space. The Russian, Chinese, and Indian weapons ‘visit’ space to take out satellites over their territory while the U.S. is going all in while making it sound like it is acting defensively.