Apparently under prodding from the White House, NASA has said it will continue to cooperate with the ISRO, days after the United States space agency's chief criticised India and termed its anti-satellite weapon test a "terrible thing" for creating about 400 pieces of orbital debris. The ISS orbits over 100 km higher than the orbit at which India carried out the ASAT test.
Bridenstine said that India's ASAT test created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to a new threat for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Anti-satellite weapons are created to incapacitate or destroy satellites for strategic military purposes.More news: Carrie Underwood and MercyMe nominated for 2019 Billboard Music Awards
On March 27, India shot down one of its satellites in space with an ASAT missile, which made it only the fourth country after the U.S., the USSR and China to have used such a weapon.
In the latest move for India's rapidly expanding space program, the government announced on March 27 that they had successfully shot down a satellite in space.More news: Notre Dame women handle CT again, reach NCAA championship game
However, Pentagon has earlier strongly denied the reports that the United States spied on India's anti-satellite or ASAT missile test by sending a reconnaissance aircraft from its base in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean to monitor the development. However, others have expressed concern over this sort of test which has not taken place since China destroyed a satellite in 2007.
Troublingly, NASA says around two dozen pieces of the destroyed Indian satellite were flung to orbits higher than the ISS, which now orbits the Earth at an altitude of 410 kilometres (255 miles). "And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight". The NASA chief is anxious about a copycat effect, in which other countries will now feel compelled to demonstrate their own anti-satellite capacity. The ISS is "still safe", he said, adding the ISS could be manoeuvred if necessary, a contingency he described as having "low" probability. India became the fourth country to join the club.More news: Mick Schumacher did 'good job' in F1 tests - Vettel
Laura Grego from the Union of Concerned Scientists said the almost 2,000 satellites now in orbit are put at risk by such tests.