U.S., India to Deepen Cooperation in Space

india-flagPresident Barack Obama is on a state visit to India. The U.S. and Indian governments released a joint statement focusing on areas of cooperation, including enhanced cooperation in space. The following are excerpts from the statement.

The Prime Minister and the President acknowledged and expressed satisfaction at the qualitative reinvigoration of strategic ties and the intensity of substantive interactions since the Prime Minister’s visit to Washington in September 2014.  They appreciated the focused action and accomplishments by both sides on the decisions taken during the Summit in September and in this regard, they welcomed:

  • The 30 September 2014 signing of an implementing agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to conduct the joint NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission.

President Obama and Prime Minister Modi agreed to further promote cooperative and commercial relations between India and the United States in the field of space.  The leaders noted the on-going interactions between their space agencies, including towards realizing a dual frequency radar imaging satellite for Earth Sciences, and exploring possibilities for cooperation in studying Mars.

The Leaders took note of ongoing U.S.-India space cooperation, including the first face-to-face meeting of the ISRO-NASA Mars Working Group from 29-31 January 2015 in Bangalore, in which the two sides will consider opportunities for enhanced cooperation in Mars exploration, including potential coordinated observations and analysis between ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission and NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN).  The Prime Minister and the President also welcomed continued progress toward enhanced space cooperation via the U.S.-India Civil Space Joint Working Group, which will meet later this year in India.

  • Terry Stetler

    After their successes of the last few years this is great news. Hopefully one day US and Indian astronauts will do joint missions.

  • delphinus100

    Depends on what you mean by that. One of them was among those lost on Columbia…

  • Terry Stetler

    Kalpana Chawla wasn’t ISRO. She was a US citizen and NASA.

  • windbourne

    Not exactly.
    My wife and in-laws are Indian. My in-laws are from Chennai and Kerala. My wife was born in Nottingham, England.
    My in-laws can dual citizenship with India, while my wife can do India, England with America.

    Point is, that Ms. Chawla was dual citizen-ed. In addition, if you ask any Indian that knows of her, they will tell you that she was Indian since she was born and raised there.
    As such, most Indians will consider her Indian.

    However, I agree with you that it would be good to see ISRO join up with us esp. at the ISS. India is not a threat to any of the nations in the ISS, nor is stealing technology to help their military ( that does not mean that they are not developing their own or acquiring it in other ways; And I suspect that there are more than a few Indian spies in the west, but they are not here to steal military tech, as much as see what our politics are up to; kind of like the difference between Russia and China ).