Boeing Looks to Partner with ISRO on Human Spaceflight Program

Boeing is looking to partner with ISRO on its human spaceflight program:

Aerospace behemoth Boeing plans to make the most of opportunities tossed up by removal of technology embargo with offers to partner Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in major projects.

The aerospace major has picked two key projects—the advanced medium combat aircraft (ACMA) being designed by DRDO and human space programme of ISRO—as ones with potential for partnership in future.

“We believe that DRDO is looking for international partners in design and development of AMCA, so we are keen to join hands. With our legacy in space exploration design, development and integration, we believe that we can provide value-added assistance to the human space flight programme.

“The areas of potential cooperation include Launch Escape System (LES), Vehicle Health Monitoring System and Abort Triggers (VHMSAT), Life Support System, Crew Accommodations and other areas such as reusable space systems and composite cryogenic tanks,” Dr Vivek Lall, Vice President, Boeing Defense, Space & Security – India, told Deccan Chronicle.

Boeing execs are in India this week as part of a 24-company U.S. government trade mission led by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. The U.S. recently lifted sanctions against ISRO, DRDO and a number of Indian companies that have blocked trade and cooperation in a number of areas. Lockheed Martin is also among the companies participating in the trade mission.

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