There has been little reaction from other governments about India's anti-satellite analysis last month. (credit: DRDO)
by Jessica West
Monday, April 15, 2019
<img src = "http://s7.addthis.com/static/btn/v2/lg-share-en. India uses advanced anti-ballistic missile defense capability to perform kinetic anti-satellite test ("Mission Shakti") against one of its own satellites March 27. India became the fourth state, after the United States, Russia, and China, to demonstrate ASAT's ability and only the third to carry out direct opposing something in space.
|According to the Indian government, testing makes India "space of power." But India is rising space. This test is simple.|
Event details were still discovered, but reported that a BMD missile interceptor developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization was launched from the complex launch of Abdul Kalam Island. It then blocked an Indian satellite, Microsat-R, at an altitude of about 300 kilometers. The Indian Freedom Ministry said, "The test is fully successful and achieves all the parameters of each plan." According to the Indian government, the test makes India a "space power."
But India is an increase of space power. This test is simply reckless. India's regional competition in China, a space space itself, is an essential driver for its actions-a situation that also works well with domestic audiences. But the consequences are global.
The first concern that is immediately thought is the production of space ruins, causing a danger to all other spacecraft in the proximity of the strike. India claims that it took a responsible approach to production of debris. Since the strikes are at a low altitude of 300 kilometers, most of the resulting debris should re-enter the Earth's environment for a few weeks.
While this is a better outcome than the huge cloud created by China in 2007-which continues to threaten the space-it is not enjoyable. We do not know exactly how much debris is done and exactly how widely it is distributed. But even short lives, some lips threaten, especially at the International Space Station.
Additionally, this test prohibits ban against accredited identities that existed since the Chinese and the United States demonstrations more than a decade ago. There are other ways India can show this weapon strength without creating lips. For example, China is known to have performed a number of flying tests over the years. While not so amusing to strike a satellite from the sky, such testing is definitely safer. But even so, such demonstrations have remained aggressive.
|But beyond ruminations about the dangers of debris, the international community of states is silent. Such silence leaves us all safer.|
The fall from the ASAT of India is more than the lips. India's analysis adds fuel to what a simmering arms race in the galaxy and exacerbates growing military tensions. Although the Philippines has said that the trial is being conducted to protect its assets in space, ASAT weapons are offensive. The feeling of aggression is increased by the fact that the trial is being conducted without warning to the international community.
Such destructive ability is small to enhance national security in space. Instead, the best way to keep a global people with a fragile natural and strategic environment is to support common security through rules and restrictions on weapons and dangerous behaviors.
Seen from this angle, the test of India is diplomatic cautious. A group of government experts representing more than 25 states has recently concluded conversations in Geneva to explore options for further action to prevent a race weapon, and armed battle, in space (PAROS). Today, this challenge over three decades has proved elusive. India is part of this discussion and maintains that it supports PAROS efforts and peaceful use of space. However, its actions can only feed the resolution of those who fight new weapons controls, and encourage proliferation.
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At any rate, India continues to grow as a space of power. The assertion required by a firearm test to establish such a condition is dangerous. And, like the pursuit of nuclear weapons, it encourages others to comply with the appropriate part of this "elite club". In fact, such a "power" path is adopted by the interrupted international reactions.
Some voices are raised within industry and civil society. Planet, a global Imaging Company of the world, has judged the test as a threat to the firmness of its galaxy. Members of the Secure World Foundation and the Union of Concerned Scientists have raised concerns about a dynamic arm-race and the grave potential for space conflict. But beyond ruminations about the dangers of debris, the international community of states is silent.
Such silence leaves us all safer.
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