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India shoots down a weather satellite with anti-satellite missile

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WTF.

China did that. The orbit become polluted with thousands of tiny particles from it and causes havok for any satelites and ISS.

Now India? How about aiming the missle to the dork who got the idea in the first place.
 

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The orbit of the satellite they intercepted was extremely shallow. The debris from it should be reentered in no more than a year or two.
 
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The orbit of the satellite they intercepted was extremely shallow. The debris from it should be reentered in no more than a year or two.
The kinetic energy is enough to shoot some into higher orbit.
 
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https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/space-debris-from-indias-anti-satellite-test-a-threat-to-iss-nasa-says/
Speaking at a live-streamed event on Monday, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine described India’s anti-satellite missile test on March 27 as “not compatible with the future of human spaceflight,” adding, “It’s unacceptable and NASA needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is.
...speaking on Monday, Bridenstine said NASA had identified 400 pieces of orbital debris from the test, with at least 24 of them — each one larger than 10 cm — having gone above the apogee of the ISS, something he described as “a terrible, terrible thing” and which put the safety of the ISS at risk.
This is what NASA says about this event.

This conflict is rooted in England splitting India and Pakistan on religious boundaries in 1947...
Actually the root is in one specific religion that invaded that region in year 711. Don't blame the English for that, a religions war was already in effect.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persecution_of_Hindus#During_Islamic_rule_of_the_Indian_sub-continent
 
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I'm under the impression this is mostly proof of concept and prestige motivated. Its India saying 'look we can do things in space'.

Very bad IMO.
 

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Analytical Graphics has posted a video showing a simulated breakup of Microsat-R based on initial data from US Strategic Command. The model shows a tail of debris pushed into an orbit with a higher apogee, while other debris scatters at lower velocity in a lower, more quickly decaying orbit. Most of the debris field should re-enter the atmosphere within a month, but some may remain a hazard for years to come.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/04/india-asat-test-debris-poses-danger-to-international-space-station-nasa-says/
 
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