Flipping through the new @DRDO_India pamphlet on Mission Shakti (the March 2019 ASAT test) and, sure enough, Comic Sans https://www.drdo.gov.in/sites/default/files/publcations-document/ASAT_book_English.pdf
More details on the PDV MK II’s divert control system than was previously released (in the 2019 short video documentary).
If you missed it, the video has lots of juicy details (and a brief bit of footage from the ground-testing of the divert control system) https://twitter.com/nktpnd/status/1114567111601467393
Big, if true.
ISRO wasn’t told that Microsat-R was being launched to serve as an ASAT target.
FWIW, elsewhere it’s noted that Microsat-R was launched “specifically for this purpose.” Interesting insight into the ISRO-DRDO firewall on this.
Doval’s foreword: “The anti-satellite test was carried out without creating any space debris, which is in keeping with India's philosophy and ethos as a responsible member of the comity of nations.” (Nope.)
It’s an interesting document for anyone interested in Mission Shakti; FWIW, the purpose of the doc is pretty clearly laid out by DRDO chair Satheesh Reddy.
Unlike the earlier DRDO doc, this one doesn’t use the “Prithvi Defense Vehicle Mark II” designator anywhere or mention the use of terrestrial BMD sensors to support the intercept.
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