U.S.-India Space Cooperation in Bangalore

Posted by Scott Duncan
July 28, 2011
Scott Duncan and U.S. Delegation Pose for a Photo at India's Space Agency, ISRO, Headquarters

Did you know that India has been lifting satellites into orbit for more than 30 years? Or that India has the second largest fleet of satellites dedicated to earth sciences and earth observation after the United States? Given these burgeoning capabilities and the United States' storied history of space exploration and space science, it only seems natural that the world's largest and the world's oldest democracies would cooperate in space for the benefit of people in both our countries and around the world.

I was delighted to join officials from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the State Department's Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs when they traveled to the headquarters of India's space agency, ISRO, in Bangalore, July 13-14, to identify new opportunities for cooperation. While the discussions of the projects drilled deep down into technical matters (radio occulation or scatterometry anyone?), the results flowing from the joint cooperation were easy to grasp.

Through exploring possible joint experiments on the International Space Station and looking for additional opportunities to cooperate in space exploration and human space flight, the United States and India hope to expand the frontiers of scientific understanding. At the same time, scientists in the two countries are harnessing satellite data on weather and climate patterns to enhance our scientific models and improve agricultural forecasting, providing tangible benefits for farmers all over the world.

U.S.-India space cooperation may have only begun in earnest during the last decade, but we have already seen the relationship bear fruit and produce important new discoveries. For instance, in the successful 2009 Chandrayaan-1 lunar mission an ISRO rocket and lunar probe carried a NASA instrument to the lunar surface, allowing scientists to confirm the presence of water on the moon for the first time. With the scientific expertise and spirit of cooperation both the United States and India bring to the table, the possibilities of cooperation between the two nations in space are, as President Obama and Prime Minister Singh noted in November 2010, truly without boundaries and limits.

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palgye
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South Korea
July 29, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

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Everybody dies, the contract - is short-term, due to need, while for the symbiotic-esteem is gone I think. Rather than individual mistakes, a party's failure to think there's a chance to be recognized as.

The details of the agreement, but must write to

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Stocks-turn-lower-ahead-of-apf-1908910269....

I hope my judgments fit. And, August 02, days later, on a vacation after the end of a failed federal policy by selecting, and providing employment to the citizens, IRS thinks you'll like it should make the economic situation.

palgye
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South Korea
July 29, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

India, reduce the gap between rich and poor people, if the economy falls into a moment seongjanghu think it would change. Get rid of farmers' debt, such as policies, they do provide hope for the future policy is required. However, India is now ....... If this situation continues, the potential return on their investment and I think time will be shorter.

There is no large-scale consumption of the internal economy, however, India has a large-scale consumption is projected, while even more difficult, policy choices must think we have to.

-Bollywood.

Ashim C.
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India
August 8, 2011

Ashim in India writes:

Cooperation in any field of science and technology between US and India is welcome. It is well known that India's private sector allocation of fund is negligible and what government spends has not resolved some of our basic problems - for example clean water, water conservation etc.. uniform high quality education, basic health care, waste management, and housing for masses. Indo-US cooperation in science and technology including space must be oriented to resolve these problems. And from US point of view, US cooperation must be commercially profitable to be sustainable. My sense is no one in India will grudge that so long as perceptions are not created that US technology sales is disproportionately priced.

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