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Boeing approved to build satellites with India

The United States has allowed a Boeing subsidiary to join with India’s space agency to build communication satellites.

U.S. Commerce Department undersecretary Kenneth Juster told delegates at a conference on space cooperation that Boeing Satellite Systems and the Indian Space Research Organization – the Indian equivalent of NASA – will begin talks to design such satellites and sell them.

The United States wants to step up high-technology exports to India, although some Indian space and defense agencies are on a list that says they should not receive certain high-tech exports that could be used for military purposes.

Many units of India’s space agency are on the export-restriction list and American corporations wishing to export goods to them have to get special licenses. Boeing Satellite has now won such a license to offer transponders and other instruments to the Indian space agency to design newer versions of the communication satellites.