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US-India Joint Ventures: Problems and Prospects

Program/Project Management Resource List #65

Revised Dec. 2011

Provided by the NASA Headquarters Library

NASA has worked with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) since it was founded in the Sixties. In the early days, NASA helped the fledgling ISRO get started by providing it with sounding rockets, satellite launches, and the use of space-based resources like Landsat. ISRO launched its first satellite in 1980. ISRO has gone on to provide India with weather satellites, communications satellites, and Earth resource satellites. ISRO also launches satellites for other countries. In 2008, NASA and ISRO signed a framework agreement in which they would continue to work together in all avenues of space exploration, including manned spaceflight.

This webpage serves as an introduction to the ways that Americans and Indians can work together on projects and avoid the minefield of cultural misunderstanding. Please see International Cooperation in Space for items that apply to all international joint ventures in outer space. If you are a NASA HQ employee, please consider subscribing to our news alert on Indian aerospace to get the latest news.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Books E-books Articles and Reports Internet Resources


Astronautical Society of India. 50 Years of Space: A Global Perspective. Hyderabad, India: Universities Press, Astronautical Society of India (ASI), 2007.
TL787 .Y43 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Astronautical Society of India and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. India-United States Conference on Space Science, Applications, and Commerce: Strengthening and Expanding Cooperation. Bangalore: Astronautical Society of India, 2004.
QB495 .I53 2004 BOOKSTACKS
Harvey, Brian. The Japanese and Indian Space Programmes: Two Roads Into Space. New York, NY: Springer; Chichester, UK: Published in association with Praxis Pub., 2000.
TL789.8 .J3 H37 2000 BOOKSTACKS


The e-books listed below are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Makar, Eugene M. An American’s Guide to Doing Business in India: A Practical Guide to Achieving Success in the Indian Market. Adams Media, 2008.
Storti, Craig. Speaking of India: Bridging the Communication Gap When Working with Indians. Intercultural Press, 2007.
Zubko, Katherine C., and Raj R. Sahay. Inside the Indian Business Mind: A Tactical Guide for Managers. Praeger Publishers, 2010.
The e-books listed below are available to the general public through the National Academies Press.
Committee on Comparative Innovation Policy: Best Practice for the 21st Century. India's Changing Innovation System: Achievements, Challenges, and Opportunities for Cooperation: Report of a Symposium, 2007.
Committee on Global Science and Technology Strategies and their Effect on U.S. National Security. S&T Strategies of Six Countries: Implications for the United States, 2010.
Merrill, Stephen, David Taylor, and Robert Poole, Rapporteurs. The Dragon and the Elephant: Understanding the Development of Innovation Capacity in China and India: Summary of a Conference, 2010.

Articles and Reports

Bogar, Major Jeffrey W. "The Rise of India as a Space Power", High Frontier, vol. VI, no. 2 (Feb. 2010), p. 46-49.
Available online at the High Frontier Journal Archive.
Bommakanti, Kartik. "Satellite Integration and Multiple Independently Retargetable Reentry Vehicles Technology: Indian–United States Civilian Space Cooperation", Astropolitics, vol. VII, no. 1 (March 2006), p. 7-31.
Chidambaram, R. "Research and Innovation: An Indian Perspective", Research-Technology Management, vol. LIV, no. 3, (May-June 2011), pp. 22-27.
Correll, Randall R. "US-India Space Partnership: The Jewel in the Crown", Astropolitics, vol. IV, no. 2 (Aug. 2006), p. 159-177.
Lele, Ajay. "An Asian Moon Race?", , vol. XVI, no. 4 (Nov. 2010), p. 222-228.

Internet Resources

Antrix Corporation. 2010 [Dec. 21, 2011]
Note: Antrix is the commercial arm of the Indian space program, much like Arianespace and SPOT are commercial arms of the French space program.
Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific. 2011 [Dec. 21, 2011]
Indian Space Research Organization. Oct. 18, 2011 [Dec. 21, 2011]
United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of Industry and Security. US-India High Technology Cooperation. March 2009 [Dec. 21, 2011]
U.S.-India Business Council. Dec. 8, 2011 [Dec. 21, 2011]
World Bank. Unleashing India's Innovation Toward Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. Oct. 2007 [Dec. 21, 2011]

Last Updated: Dec. 2011