Nasa can help Isro to send astronauts to International Space Station, US space envoy says
New Delhi: Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr (retired), who is a United States space envoy, has expressed that the Indian Space Research Organization in collaboration with the US space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, can send Indian astronauts to International Space Station.
While talking to Times of India, Bolden said, “Isro and Nasa can work out a joint mission to ISS for bio-medical research. If both agencies agree on the mission and work out the cost-sharing deal for the programme, Nasa will contract a space vehicle from Space X for the mission. The joint collaboration is possible.”
Bolden also insisted that Nasa does not provide astronaut training, however, discussion is under way regarding a dedicated group that will focus on astronaut selection and designing and training of spacecraft. He said, “Nasa does not provide astronaut training. In fact, the US space agency itself has been outsourcing astronaut training programme to US private entities for a long time. The Isro chairman told him about his discussion with current Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine on a working group that will focus on astronaut selection, training and designing of spacecraft.”
Bolden, who is also a former astronaut, while speaking about a Isro-Nasa joint project, said that a satellite that both the organizations are co-developing will observe and take measurements of some of Earth’s processes, including ecosystem disturbances, ice-sheet collapse and natural hazards.
He said, “The satellite will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual frequencies. Nasa will provide L-band synthetic aperture radar while Isro will provide an S-band synthetic aperture radar. India is providing a particular sensor and a wavelength which we (US) don't have. Therefore, the joint collaboration.”
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