India’s ASAT test a response to growing space threats: France

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  • Outer space becoming an arena of rivalry between nations.
  • Defence and offensive space technologies are being developed with various aims of spying, gaining control, deactivating service and destroying, French Envoy in India Alexandre Ziegler has supported India’s Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test as a response to these growing threats.


Debris concerns:

  • Satellites today have to avoid almost 6,00,000 debris of over 1cm travelling at speed faster than a bullet.
  • On March 27, India shot down a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) of 300 km using a modified interceptor of the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system.
  • India and France, which have been cooperating in the area of space for several decades, had announced the setting up of a constellation of satellites for maritime surveillance of the Indian Ocean.
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