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UK Seeks Stronger Partnership In Space Technology With India 47

tanujt writes "David Willett, British minister for Universities and Sciences has called for a stronger partnership between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and UK's space program. As of now, Willetts invited ISRO to partner the UK in its TechDemoSat program. TechDemoSat is an industry-led technology demonstration satellite which aims to provide a low-Earth-orbit test bed to help demonstrate the technical maturity and commercial viability of innovative new space technology. TK Alex, director of ISRO Satellite Centre, invited the UK to partner India in training space scientists through academic exchanges between the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and leading UK universities. This follows US President Obama's recent visit to India, wherein he signaled ending the ban on high-end technology exports and removal of Indian organizations, including ISRO and Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO), from the Entity List."
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UK Seeks Stronger Partnership In Space Technology With India

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  • by AnonymousClown ( 1788472 ) on Thursday November 18, 2010 @02:10AM (#34265426)
    it looks more and more like we're approaching a 'Star Fleet/Star Trek' type of World. More power to'em, I say. Better to build space ships than nuclear bombs.

    And It sure and hell beats a 'Blade Runner' type of World.

    • wesley crusher's nanites will kill us all.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      I think you're forgetting the pleasure cyborgs in Blade Runner.

    • by astar ( 203020 )

      when I see stuff like this..

      I thinj,,,

      Everyone sane has obama and the US's number and is giving him and us the cold shoulder. But India was willing to play with Obama. Now India has big big deals going on with Russia and even China and the implications are disasterous for anglo-american geopolitics. So we all know the front end of anglo-american geopolitics is going down big time, but the underlying policy is chaos and war, and I suspect they will get that one way or another. But this announcement is

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by MrNemesis ( 587188 )

      And It sure and hell beats a 'Blade Runner' type of World.

      Britain is already a Blade Runner world! It's perpetually raining, the colonies went to war with us because they didn't want us interfering, the workforce is run by corporate oligarchs who have their brains programmed to only think and know certain things and undercover police go around "retiring" Brazilian electricians.

      Disclaimer for all about to mod me as troll: I'm British, and an ex girlfriend is an (ex) space scientist; she shifted careers a yea

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by elrous0 ( 869638 ) *

      Better to build space ships than nuclear bombs.

      Can't we have both?

  • The UK should be researching time travel instead. Then they could go back fifty years and prevent the UK aerospace industry (with its stand-off missiles, supersonic VTOL close support aircraft, supersonic all-weather low-level strike aircraft, hybrid jet/rocket interceptors, reusable spaceplanes etc) from being scrapped. Who knew that those things would ever be any use?

    • Quick note: if you have all those things, you tend to try to find uses for them. It's cheaper to drop obsolescent bombs on some dusty armpit than to decommission them.
      • "It's cheaper to drop obsolescent bombs on some dusty armpit than to decommission them."

        You are babbling utterly scornworthy nonsense which there isn't the slightest reason for even laypersons to believe. There is MUCH more to missions and mission support than "wingy thing fly drop bomb".

        Sorties are tremendously complex to generate and support. Shipping conventional ordnance for disposal is much cheaper, and using it for live training (training sorties will happen either way), hauling it to a range and havi

        • But who are people going to believe? Some warmonger spanner monkey grunt, or a random intartubes poster who feeds their liberal wrath?
    • Hear hear! When I look back at what the UK's aerospace industry back in the 60s, it makes me weep for what we've lost. These days, wherever you look, there's just an endless web of interconnected consultants, sub contractors and outsourcers, soaking up money in the name of "maximising efficiency". Inevitably little or nothing gets achieved, and it's never anyone's fault. We need companies like SpaceX, which really seems to have some of that old "get it done" attitude.

  • Yippee! No more dehydrated rations. Say hello to space curry!
  • I was going to type, lets see how many posts we manage before the call centre ad "jokes" creep in, but looks like I was too late.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by tehcyder ( 746570 )
      What with that and the bleating about outsourcing, together with some simple old-fashioned racism, I was expecting this to be an entirely content-free thread.
  • Looking at everything that's going on in this thread, it goes to show that it's going to be excruciatingly difficult to able to get out of the cesspool of history. Harmless stereotypical jokes aside, it seems people are not going to take each other seriously unless they look/talk the same and come from a "familiar" land. Let alone build space tech together.

    Welp, it's at the least going to be interesting to see how far we go like this until the next blatant colonization effort.

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