Delhi has plans to purchase rocket engines from Moscow for its growing national space program, Russia’s deputy prime minister has said coinciding with Chandrayaan-2 launch. Deputy Prime Minister Mr Yury Borisov told reporters here about the planned rocket sales, and recognized India’s achievement in its latest mission to explore the Moon, according to the RIA news agency. “Today we congratulated our Indian colleagues on the successful launch of the lunar program,” Mr Borisov said, adding that the two countries would work together on manned space flights in the future. He did not provide further details about the rocket engine sales. Earlier this month when NSA Mr A K Doval met DG Roscosmos (Russian Space Agency) and former Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin here, it was decided that Russia will transfer critical technology for Gaganyan project besides other futuristic space programmes and partner Delhi for joint collaborations including presence at the prestigious International Space Station (ISS). This including cooperation in futuristic technologies including new space systems, rocket engines, propellants and propulsion systems, spacecrafts and launch vehicle technology were discussed at Doval-Rogozin meet. There have been frequent contacts between the two space agencies to finalise the details of the Gaganyaan Mission, which will carry Indian astronaut to space in 2022, to coincide with India’s 75th anniversary of Independence. Russia has promised all assistance for India’s Human Space Flight Mission Gaganyaan. Details regarding cooperation for the Gaganyaan Mission were discussed at the Doval-Rogozin meet. Russia had earlier decided to train Indian astronauts for the prestigious Gaganyan project. “Russia is today a world leader in space program and technology. Russian firm Energia has even supplied engines to USA. America is also a partner with Russia in the International Space Station. And during NSA-Rogozin meet the Russian side stated that they would like to see India participate in the International Space Station,” a source informed. The ISS is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit. The ISS programme is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements. The station is divided into two sections, the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) and the United States Orbital Segment (USOS). Cooperation in space has emerged as a key area of cooperation in the high technology sector between India and Russia. India’s rapidly growing capabilities in outer space is being acknowledged and Russia sees India as a key partner for promoting peaceful uses of outer space, one of the persons familiar with the issue informed. Delhi share an old association with Moscow in space sector that includes Rakesh Sharma’s space flight and supply of cryogenic engines to India. Both sides have agreed to take a strategic approach to elevate bilateral cooperation to the next level keeping in mind the special and privileged partnership and India’s priorities such as Make in India programme.
Source : Economic Times
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