‘Debris from ASAT test poses no threat, will eventually burn up’: Pentagon

Washington: The Pentagon said on Thursday that its earlier conclusion that debris from India’s anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons test would ultimately burn up in the atmosphere remained unchanged even after NASA’s scientists warned of the danger the debris posed.

In a test aimed at boosting its defences in space, India used an indigenously developed ballistic missile interceptor to destroy one of its own satellites at a height of 300 km.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Monday that over 400 pieces of orbital debris from the test had been identified, including debris that was travelling above the International Space Station — something he called a “terrible, terrible thing.”