Monday, May 08, 2006

Look forward to more Indian satellites in space

Monday, May 08, 2006, Mumbai: India could double the number of satellites it sends into space in two years once the United States, as expected, lifts a ban on sharing space technology with it, the head of the country's space agency said on Thursday.

New Delhi and Washington are in talks to conclude a space cooperation deal that would allow India to commercially launch satellites with American components and boost its fledgling space services business.

Nair said India-US cooperation would boost ISRO's space business that faced stiff competition from rising technological powers like China and more established players such as the European Space Agency and Russia.India, which has launched 10 remote sensing satellites since 1988, also has several broadcast satellites in space that control some 170 transponders, making it one of the largest civilian constellations in the world.


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