ASAT a testimony to Indian technological capabilities: DRDO Chairman

The Anti-Satellite Test (ASAT) has demonstrated the capabilities of indigenously-developed Indian technologies to carry out a critical mission with high degree of precision, said G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman of DRDO, here on Sunday.

All the critical systems, including the software and sensors, were developed by a team of scientists from various specialisations who worked in complete synergy day and night for six months, culminating in the successful launch, he explained. Dr. Reddy was speaking at the ‘Technical Meet and Aerospace Luminary Lecture’ organised by The Aeronautical Society of India at the DRDL. “The most important challenge during the mission was to ensure that all the systems cohesively responded to the changing dynamics,” he said and congratulated all the DRDO labs and team members associated with Mission Shakti. Programme Director U. Rajababu highlighted the mission objectives and the criticalities of Mission Shakti and said the high altitude and high velocity interception pose many technological challenges as high levels of precision was required when relative velocity of the systems involved is around 10 km/sec.

By using accurate sensors and on-board seeker, the ASAT missile was guided towards the target to ensure direct hit without employing any warhead, he said.

Y. Sreenivas Rao, Project Director, AD (Exo) and Secretary, AeSI, congratulated the industry partners for their involvement. The Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Missile Complex led the mission with the support of ITR, Chandipur, and multiple other DRDO labs.

V. Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT-Delhi, delivered a talk on ‘Connecting Academic R&D with Product Innovation: A Roadmap for the Future”. V. Kamakoti, professor at IIT-Chennai, in his lecture spoke of ‘Data Libre’, an initiative taken by the IIT-Chennai in data analytics for the financial world which can be customised for real-time data processing for the financial sector.


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