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India’s First Anti Satellite Missile (A-SAT)

India’s First Anti Satellite Missile (A-SAT)


A Customized My Stamp on India’s First Anti Satellite Missile (A-SAT) launch was released by the Department of Posts on the occasion of Engineers Day.

Mission Shakti:

  • Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) missile test ‘Mission Shakti’ from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha on 27th March 2019.
  • A-SAT Missile successfully engaged an Indian orbiting target satellite in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) in a ‘Hit to Kill’ mode.
  • Tracking data from range sensors had confirmed that the mission met all its objectives.

A-SAT Missile:

  • It is developed by DRDO.
  • It is an interceptor missile that destroys or jams satellites in space.
  • It is a three-stage missile with two solid rocket boosters.
  • There are two types of A-SATs:
    • Kinetic A-SATs: It is like ballistic missiles physically strike an object in order to destroy it.
    • Non-Kinetic A-SATs: A variety of nonphysical means can be used to disable or destroy a space object. These include frequency jamming, blinding lasers, or cyberattacks.

My Stamp: 

  • ‘My Stamp’ was first introduced in India during the World Philatelic Exhibition, ‘INDIPEX-2011’.
  • It is the brand name for personalized sheets of Postage Stamps of India Post.
  • Customized My Stamp is a personalized sheet of Postage Stamps wherein the corporate, organizations, and institutions can get their customized sheets printed from India Post.

Engineers Day:

  • To mark the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (a civil engineer) 15th September is observed as Engineer’s Day in India.
  • In 1909 he was appointed Chief Engineer of Mysore State given the status of Diwan of Mysore in 1912, awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1955.
  • He was a pioneer in his field, credited for inventing the Block System for dams – the automated doors shut during an overflow.
  • He was the author of two books  “Reconstructing India” and “Planned Economy of India”.

Source: PIB