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ISRO in Talks With Boeing, Blue Origin, Voyager For Space Partnerships

ISRO is exploring joint collaborations with Boeing, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and Voyager, as an official visit by the head of NASA highlights the growing cooperation between the US and India.

| Updated on: Dec 01 2023, 06:36 IST
ISRO and NASA to launch NISAR mission soon! Check out the phases of the project
1/5 ISRO and NASA are collaborating to conduct a low Earth Orbit observatory mission called NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission. The project aims to study the Earth’s ecosystems, dynamic surfaces, and ice masses. Additionally, the NISAR mission aims to have a thorough understanding of natural disasters, sea levels, and groundwater levels.  (NASA/JPL)
2/5 The NISAR mission is expected to be conducted in three phases. As of now, ISRO is conducting different series of tests for the official launch of the mission. Recently, ISRO successfully conducted a 21-day test during which the satellite was kept under a thermal vacuum chamber.   (NASA/JPL)
3/5 NISAR mission launch phase: The mission will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota with ISRO’s GSLV expendable launch vehicle. After the launch and post-separation, the mission launch phase will be concluded with solar array deployment along with placing the observatory in an Earth-pointed attitude and enabling two-way communication with the ground.  (Pixabay)
4/5 NISAR mission commissioning phase: The first 90 days of this ISRO-NASA mission will conduct in-orbit checkout (IOC) which will prepare the observatory for further science operations. Commissioning will also be done in subsequent phases: initial checkout, spacecraft checkout and instrument checkout. These phases will test each instrument and payload independently. (NASA/JPL)
5/5 NISAR mission science operation phase: The science operation phase will be conducted during the end of the commissioning phase and it will be conducted for 3 years. During this phase, several scheduled manoeuvres will be conducted to maintain the science orbit and to avoid any conflict which could affect the observations. (Pixabay)
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The potential partnerships could also involve Indian commercial entities, India’s Department of Space said in a statement Wednesday. (ISRO)

India's space agency ISRO is exploring joint collaborations with Boeing Co., Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin LLC and Voyager Space Holdings Inc., as an official visit by the head of NASA highlights the growing level of cooperation between the US and India in outer space. 

The potential partnerships could also involve Indian commercial entities, India's Department of Space said in a statement Wednesday. 

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson is visiting several locations in India this week, including Bengaluru-based facilities that are testing and integrating spacecraft for a joint US-Indian Earth-observing mission scheduled for launch in 2024. 

Nelson's visit underscores NASA's deepening space alliance with the Indian Space Research Organization, which this year notched several accomplishments including the landing of a spacecraft near the moon's south pole in August. 

The two space agencies are planning to send an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station next year. In June, Nelson joined a ceremony in Washington when India signed the Artemis Accords, a US-backed initiative with more than two dozen other countries to establish principles for space exploration.

Blue Origin is “very keen” on considering using an Indian rocket as a crew capsule to service its proposed space station Orbital Reef in low-Earth orbit, ISRO Chairman S. Somanath told The Times of India in June. Larsen & Toubro Ltd., an Indian manufacturer of engineering equipment, is in early discussions with Blue Origin to supply orbital launch capabilities, according to local media.

Denver-based Voyager in July announced a preliminary agreement with ISRO's commercial arm, NewSpace India Ltd., to explore using Indian rockets to launch and deploy small satellites. 

Voyager in July also signed a memorandum of understanding with ISRO and the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center regarding the use of Gaganyaan, the space agency's crewed spacecraft now under development, to service a proposed space station, Starlab.

Boeing is considering designing and manufacturing of a space capsule simulator for India's human spaceflight project but hasn't signed a contract yet, according to local media.

India's upcoming projects include its first launch of astronauts on a crewed mission, scheduled for 2025. 

To boost its lunar ambitions, the country plans to develop a next-generation launch vehicle and a new launchpad, with the goal of landing people on the moon by 2040.

ISRO's to-do list also includes establishing a space station by 2035, launching a Venus orbiter and landing on Mars. 

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First Published Date: 01 Dec, 06:36 IST