Scientists rejoice at successful mission

Manasi Saraf Joshi
Thursday, 28 March 2019

With the technology that India has achieved, it is possible to accurately hit any object which is 300 to 400 km from Earth, according to scientists.

Pune: With the technology that India has achieved, it is possible to accurately hit any object which is 300 to 400 km from Earth, according to scientists.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Pradeep Kurulkar, Associate Director, R&D and Group Leader of Strategic Systems Group, DRDO said, “A 10 milli-second difference would be catastrophic for such sensitive missions. We proved that we can target any object which is say 300 to 400 km from Earth with precision.” He said, “Though we have become the fourth country to have an anti-satellite weapon, we launched it from the ground whereas America uses it through its bombers.”   

“So we have an edge as it was like targeting a pin in space with a pin,” Kurulkar said.

“The speed of the weapon is so fast that before the enemy knows about it, we would have attacked it.  On Wednesday we showcased to the world by targeting a satellite with low Earth orbit (LEO),” Kurulkar further said.  
 
“The scientific community has to prove its prowess by showing the demonstrations or practicals. Publishing a research paper or analysing it has limits. Until and unless we show the research done practically, at times it becomes frustrating. We need to show what we can achieve, what our capabilities are,” he said. 

He said, “It needs political will, as said by former DRDO chief VK Saraswat, to demonstrate our capabilities. We showed the world that we are not invading or attacking anyone, but if someone attacks us in our space, then we are prepare to combat it,” he said.

Kurulkar said he and his team members had taken off only on Sunday afternoon and were working continuously for last three-and-half months.          

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