US concern over space debris

US concern over space debris


Even before the Election Commission has examined whether announcing of India’s first anti-satellite missile test had violated the election code that had come into effect,  the United States expressed concern over the issue of space debris hat this would cause, though it said it would continue to pursue its shared interests with New Delhi in space and technical cooperation.

The Prime Minister had made on Wednesday the surprise announcement that India successfully test-fired an anti-satellite missile by shooting down a live satellite.

And with this had become the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to acquire the strategic capability to shoot down enemy satellites.

The US state Department spokesman, commenting on the development, said laconically : 'The state department saw Mr. Modi’s statement that announced India’s anti-satellite test.'

He said that as part of 'our strong strategic partnership with India, we will continue to pursue shared interests in space and scientific and technical cooperation, including collaboration on safety and security in space', however expressing concern over the issue of space debris.

'The issue of space debris is an important concern for the US government. We took note of the Indian government’s statements that the test was designed to address space debris issues,' he said.

The Ministry of External Affairs had explained that test had been done in the lower atmosphere to ensure there is no space debris. 'Whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks.'

The Ministry  has also come out with a 10-point note to say the anti-satellite missile test was carried out to verify the country's  capability to safeguard space assets and that it was not directed against any country. It also said in a statement that India had no intention of entering into an arms race in outer space.

'We have always maintained that space must be used only for peaceful purposes and we are against the weaponisation of outer space and support international efforts to reinforce the safety and security of space-based assets,' the MEA said.