NASA-ISRO working together to build India’s space station, to launch NISAR in 2024

Expanding cooperation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Bill Nelson on Tuesday said the US is ready to help India build its space station.

During his visit to India, Nelson said the US and India are working on a plan to send an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station by the end of next year, while the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch the state-of-the-art space station. -Joint venture satellite with NASA – NISAR – in the first quarter of 2024.

Nelson met Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh here and discussed strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the space sector.

“ISRO is also exploring the feasibility of using NASA’s Hypervelocity Impact Test (HVIT) facility for testing the Gaganyaan module micrometeoroid and orbital debris (MMOD) protection shield,” an official statement from the Ministry of Science and Technology said.

During the meeting, the two leaders also discussed US President Joe Biden’s offer to send an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station in 2024.

“Astronaut selection is determined by ISRO. NASA will not make the selection,” Nelson told reporters here.

Nelson urged Singh to expedite the program to send India’s first astronaut to the International Space Station aboard a NASA rocket.

NASA is identifying opportunities for Indian astronauts in private astronaut missions in 2024.

In response to a question, he said that if America wants, it will be ready to cooperate with India in the construction of the space station.

“We hope to have a commercial space station by that time. I think India wants a commercial space station by 2040. If India wants us to cooperate with them, of course we will be available. But it is India resting on.” Nelson said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked ISRO to aim to build an Indian space station by 2035 and land astronauts on the Moon by 2040.

Built at a cost of $1.5 billion (about Rs 12,500 crore), NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) is targeted to be launched on India’s GSLV rocket.

NISAR data will be highly suitable for studying land ecosystems, solid Earth deformation, mountain and polar cryosphere, sea ice, and coastal oceans at regional to global scales.

ISRO developed S-band SAR which was integrated with NASA’s L-band SAR at JPL/NASA. The integrated L&S band SAR is currently being tested with the satellite at UR Rao Satellite Center (URSC), Bengaluru with the participation of NASA/JPL officials.

An official statement said ISRO and NASA have formed a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Human Spaceflight Collaboration and are exploring collaboration in radiation impact studies, micrometeorite and orbital debris shield studies; Space health, and medical aspects.

ISRO is also discussing specific items of collaboration with major US industries (such as Boeing, Blue Origin and Voyager) and to explore joint collaboration with Indian commercial entities.

A concept paper on implementation arrangements is under consideration between ISRO and NASA. The official statement said that after some iterations, both sides reached a mutually agreed draft and it has been processed for inter-governmental approval.


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