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  •  what i'm saying is that india, or it's.... (0+ / 0-)

    population, is not positioned to take advantage of the add on economic effect of such an endeavor.  imo the returns on the investment would be quickly diminished in this regard.

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    by duckhunter on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 02:19:14 PM PST

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    •  Let's wait & see what the South Asian people (4+ / 0-)
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      tell their government.

      Also, given the fragmented and diverse ethnic and cultural elements within India, a human spaceflight program could offer a rallying point to coalesce Indian patriotism.

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      by Bill White on Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 02:23:33 PM PST

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    •  From the response of Indians I believe the (1+ / 0-)
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      majority favor it, but it is close.

      "Yagnaswami Sundararajan, who was closely associated with ISRO in the early years, and is now principal adviser to the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi says India's growing economy and constantly changing geopolitical equations are arguments in favor of  India embarking on the project. He cautioned, however, that there is a big difference between now and the 1970s and 1980s when India had to catch up with advanced nations that already had space technology.

      "The technology gap then was narrow and we could bridge it easily," he told Space News Nov. 9. "Today, with space shuttle, international space station and all that, the gap in manned mission technologies that exists between India and countries like Russia and the United States is so wide it is going to be tough catching up without collaboration," he said. "If we shun collaboration and begin to reinvent the wheel, we will get nowhere."

      But Rao feels differently. "We cannot do experiments in [the] space shuttle as the shuttle is not ours," he points out. "We have to develop our own technologies...that is the route Chinese have taken." - India, manned space flight

    •  well Russia sold seats. (0+ / 0-)

      I have a feeling India and China are going to be willing to do it also.

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