India’s first Mars Orbit mission this year offers an “exciting opportunity” for Indo-US collaboration in the field of space technology.
“Collaboration between India and the US into the sphere of deep space exploration would fuse talented agencies and experts in both nations to a degree not previously seen. Through this partnership, new discoveries and accelerated progress are certain which will in turn serve to assist researchers in all spacefaring states,” observed Boston-based foreign affairs and strategic policy expert Matthew Hoey. “US-India relations have been generally disappointing since the civil-nuclear deal. Despite the great efforts by the Bush administration, the deal did not produce tangible benefits. Cooperation on space science and exploration is one area where we can pick up the pace,” observed Michael Krepon, Co-founder, The Stimson Center, Washington DC.
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