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India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field?

The apogee/ perigee of 2019-006A, the object likely shot down, was 260- 282 km, pretty low. Some of that debris could be quite a bit higher, but most of it will be lower, and all of it will have a new ...
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ISRO’s decision not to participate in the International Space Station Program

In short, ISRO was involved in talks to join the ISS program, in the period 2010 through 2014. By the end of which, India chose not to proceed. You can see an interview here when they were still ...
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India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field?

At this time, it is not yet known. There are some 250 objects observed, but it takes time to catalog them all. The object destroyed was most likely MICROSAT-R (TLE catalog number 43947, which is in ...
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Is India having the military capability to "take out" a satellite in orbit still in question?

If you listen patiently to the first video in the answer to your question What did India's recently tested ASAT vehicle really look like?, you'll hear that this was a one-off. It took 2 years of R &...
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Can the Indian government ask SpaceX to pay for bandwidth usage in its airspace?

In order to transmit from a country, one must have a license to do so, with the exception of some spaces without specific owners, like WiFi's 2.4 GHz that allows small narrow transition can work. It ...
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How does the US's 2008 debris cloud compare to India's 2019 and China's 2007 contributions?

There are some great excerpts from the ODPO (Orbital Debris Program Office) at NASA Johnson that describe the results of ASAT operations by China (Fengyun-1C in January 2007) and the U.S. (USA-193 in ...
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Can the Indian government ask SpaceX to pay for bandwidth usage in its airspace?

The answer is No, largely based on the fact that India is a signatory to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. If you pick a country that didn’t sign any of the patchwork of treaties covering space, it could ...
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What are the operating systems and network stack in the Chandrayaan - 2 vehicles?

For the embedded software, likely Ada An ISRO scientist working out of the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences group gave some insight that his part of ISRO mostly works with FORTRAN, MATLAB and Python ...
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What did India's recently tested ASAT vehicle really look like?

The second image is ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle which launched, among other payloads, Microsat-R (2019-006A) on Jan 24 2019, the probable target of the March 2019 ASAT test. The first image ...
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India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field?

At what altitude range is the resulting debris field? Update: CNN: India anti-satellite missile test a 'terrible thing,' NASA chief says India's anti-satellite missile test created at least 400 ...
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India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field?

I'll just follow up a bit on the collision. Per tweet and tweet and answer and answer and post: launch 5:40 UT (27 March 2019) MICROSAT-r 43947, 2019-006A over Abdul Kalam Island 5:42 UT I've put a ...
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Is there any asian company competing with SpaceX?

The Chinese private company (*) OneSpace launched its first rocket in 2018. This vehicle is 9 meters tall and suborbital. They're developing several orbital launch vehicle. The first launch of their ...
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Can the Indian government ask SpaceX to pay for bandwidth usage in its airspace?

One aspect only of the wider issues: The Indian government has complete 'legal' control of what service users transmit*. Receive only internet just maybe would be able to avoid government involvement. ...
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What did India's recently tested ASAT vehicle really look like?

Supplementary to @Jack's answer. Hat tip to @Ohsin for recommending this interesting video about the rocket, and the test itself: Last image seen by the kill vehicle, ...
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India just shot down a satellite from the ground. At what altitude range is the resulting debris field?

Thanks to @Ohsin's comment I have plotted the propagated orbits of 57 tracked debris objects with published TLEs as well as the TLE for (whatever is left of) the original spacecraft and the original ...
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