Narendra Modi Mission Shakti HIGHLIGHTS: Indian anti-satellite missile shoots down live satellite in low earth orbit
Narendra Modi Mission Shakti HIGHLIGHTS: In a proud moment for India, PM Narendra Modi in his address to the nation announced today that the country can now shoot down live satellites. Achieved under Mission Shakti, India destroyed a low-earth orbiting satellite some 300 km away in the sky with this missile. Achieving this anti-satellite capability makes India the 4th such country across the globe after US, Russia, China to register this amazing feat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi speech highlighted this achievement minutes after chairing a National Security Council meet where NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale too were present. According to PM Narendar Modi it took just 3 minutes to destroy the low-earth orbiting satellite.
2. Because of this amazing feat, India is now a space power. This is the first time that India had demonstrated its anti-satellite missile capabilities. Only US, Russia, and China have the ability to shoot down satellites in space. India is now the 4th nation in the world to do so. Representational Image, source: Reuters
6. On his Twitter handle, PM Narendra Modi had tweeted that he has an important message to convey to teh nation. The tweet said, "Do watch the address on television, radio or social media." This had set off wild speculation as last time such an address had led to demonetisation of the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes. Image source: PTI