Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday addressed the nation and announced that India joined an elite club of space powers in the world by successfully executing its cutting edge space program ‘Mission Shakti’.
1.At 11.16 am on Wednesday, India targeted an Indian satellite which had been decommissioned and was orbiting on a ‘Low Earth Orbit’ ar a height of 300 kms from the earth’s surface.
The test, with confirmation of target elimination, took three minutes for which the Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor was used.
2.Being dubbed as “Mission Shakti”, the operation was coordinated by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Satheesh Reddy and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
The missile was launched from the DRDO’s Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex in Balasore, Odisha.
3.As mentioned in the Prime Minister’s address, the missile test does not have a bearing on the country’s status in the (Missile Technology Control Regime) MCTR or any other treaty in this regard.
4.The Prime Minister further stated that the “entire effort is indigenous” referring to the commendable job done by the DRDO.
5.However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also claimed that India presently has “enough satellites that are contributing in various segments such as agriculture, disaster management, communication, weather, navigation etc.”