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Friday, September 21, 2007

India Seeks ISS Partnership

The India Space Research Organization (ISRO) is seeking entry as a new partner in the International Space Station. India is seeking full partnership into the ISS partnership with Russian assistance over the objection of some of the existing 17-partner nations.

India "is a serious space power and would like to join ISS project. However, objection by some other project partners has put a question mark on this issue," Russia's Federal Space Agency (RKA) Chief Anatoly Perminov said about the expansion of the ISS project participants. Besides Russian RKA, the ambitious ISS project includes NASA , Canada, Japan and European Space Agency (ESA).

Perminov described India as "an example of a country that has already reached the level of manned space exploration and whose contribution to world space exploration, albeit unmanned, is very large. I am confident that sooner or later, in any case after 2010 this issue (India's accession) will again be raised."

3 comments:

Darnell Clayton said...

Excuse my ignorance Jack, but who exactly is against India as a parter in the ISS?

Is it Pakistan? Or is it China?

Just curious...

David Stever said...

Darnell-

Seeing how the Chinese are not being let into this exclusive club, I'm not sure who it would be.

I'm certain the food on-board would take a step up, on a permanent basis. They might need more charcoal filters on the air filtering system though.

SanNit said...

Hmm.. Does Pakistan have a space prog.? Chinese probably don't want to get in to ISS, they have already had successful manned mission. And now they are working on making cheaper spacecrafts, they could use Indian help on software and support calls.... LOL