India Approves Cooperation with Russia on Human Spaceflight

Capsule descending under parachute (Credit: ISRO)

India’s union cabinet last week approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that covers cooperation on human spaceflight with Russia.

India and Russia will strengthen cooperation in space programmes, including manned space missions, under a memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries in October.

The MoU will provide an impetus for development of technologies and advanced systems required for the human space flight programmes, such as radiation shielding, life support systems, crew module, rendezvous and docking systems, space suit, training for astronauts etc.

The MoU will lead to a joint activity in the field of application of space technologies for the benefit of humanity. It will also help in the setting up of a joint working group, which will further work out the plan of action, including the time-frame and the means of implementing the provisions of the agreement.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Hopefully (for India) this is a technology transfer program of existing operational systems and not a new systems development program along the lines of the T-50/Su-57. They got burned pretty bad on the T-50.

  • Robert G. Oler

    all programs of that era ie the T50 are having a lot of problems which it takes money to overcome. see F35

    but I agree with your sentiment

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    My reading of the T-50 malfunction vis-a-vis Russia – India was that the Russians simply would not share the technology development the Indians helped pay for. The Russians changed the offer from the contracted technology transfer to airframes. For some reason the Indians turned it down.

  • AdmBenson

    Do the Indians go with Soyuz as the basis of their own capsule, like China did, or with TKS, which never flew manned? Which one would fit better on the top of GLSV III?

  • Mark

    Their design is already very Soyuz-like. Though minus the “Orbital Module”.

  • Jeff Smith

    I hope they can use this to hit the goal of launching a crewed flight for the 75th anniversary of Indian independence. Good lunch to India, we hope to see you on ISS soon!

  • duheagle

    Beware of Rus bearing “gifts.”

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    And don’t pay them in cash money, nor do you do it all at once.