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Debris of satellite destroyed by India may endanger ISS, warns Russia's Defense Ministry

In the current situation "access to outer space may be hindered in the long term"

MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. The debris left after India’s anti-satellite weapon test may at a certain point jeopardize the International Space Station, a senior assistant to the chief of a section at the Space Situation Reconnaissance Center, Roman Fattakhov, said on Thursday.

"India’s test of an anti-satellite weapon caused the space apparatus’s destruction and produced more than 100 fragments that may at a certain point endanger the ISS," Fattakhov told the conference Space Debris: Fundamental and Practical Aspects of Threat.

He said that in the current situation "access to outer space may be hindered in the long term."

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a televised address to the nation on March 27 said the country’s military had successfully tested its own anti-satellite weapon to hit a satellite in a low near-earth orbit. Modi said that after that test India entered the group of space superpowers to take a place next to the United States, Russia and China. The weapon was developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization. The interceptor missile was launched from a test site on the Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal off the east coast of the State of Odisha. India used its own satellite as a target.