Sunday, November 8, 2009

India develops a technology to kill satellites

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are jointly developing a recoverable hypersonic missile, actually a reusable space vehicle, which can be used in space as a missile-warhead launcher, a satellite launcher, or even a killer to satellites. This is a technology hitherto unavailable in any other country.

Indian scientists did not unveil the time frame of completing this marvellous project. The space vehicle plus the warhead it carries will be half the size of the current missiles. The warhead carried by the vehicle will hit target over 5,000km away at a speed of 5 Mach. After dropping the weapon, the space carrier can come back to its base like an aircraft. Currently, Indian longest-range missile, Agni III, is able to hit targets 3,500km away.

The vehicle will also be used to economically launch satellites in space. Under the same theory, analysts believe that this vehicle will also be capable of destroying a satellite in space with the warhead it carries, although Indian scientists did not mention any utilization about this.