U.S. sees India space debris from weapons test eventually burning up

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FILE PHOTO: Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan testifies to the House Armed Forces Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

TAMPA (Reuters) – Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday he expected debris from an Indian anti-satellite weapons test to eventually burn up in the atmosphere instead of creating a lasting debris field that poses a threat to other satellites.

Asked about comments by India’s top defense scientist that the debris would burn up in 45 days, Shanahan told reporters traveling with him in Florida: “I don’t know about the particular time frame there but in terms of threats to other objects, that’s consistent with what I’ve heard.”

Reporting by Phil Stewart

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