The destruction by an Indian missile of one of its satellites in orbit on March 24 has produced dangerous space debris, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
According to the data of the American space agency, the test of India created 60 fragments of orbital debris large enough to be tracked, 24 of which are higher than the orbit of the International Space Station around the Earth. The risk of impact against the orbital complex by this class of fragments rose 44 percent for 10 days, although Bridenstine assured that the Space Station has means to avoid them.
Bridenstine had harsh words to say about India's test today at a meeting at a NASA town hall, saying that causing this type of risk to humans in space and low-Earth orbit operations was unacceptable.
"That is a terrible, terrible thing, to create an event that sends debris in a heyday that goes over the International Space Station"said Bridenstine in an act with NASA employees. "And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of the human space flight we need to see."
"We are in charge of commercializing the low Earth orbit, we are in charge of enabling more activities in space that we have never seen in order to benefit the human condition, either in pharmaceutical products or in the printing of human organs in 3D to save lives here on Earth, or manufacturing capabilities in space that can not be done in a gravity well, "he added.
"All this is put at risk when this type of event happens, and when a country does it, other countries feel that they also have to do it," the administrator of NASA said, quoted by Space.com.