Indian-born's company ties
up with Boeing for US space supplies
Oct 27 (IANS) As India's Chandrayaan-1 cruises to the moon,
marking the nation's foray into the big league of space missions,
an Indian-born American's company tied up with aircraft manufacturer
Boeing for a role in the US' manned space missions.
Delhi-born Chirinjeev Kathuria's is a true story of an Indian
immigrant aiming for the stars.
PlanetSpace, which was already in league with advanced defence
technology systems manufacturer Lockheed Martin and advanced
space systems provider Alliant Techsystems (ATK), has formed
a new consortium with Boeing and aims to compete for a $3
billion commercial re-supply services (CRS) contract to ship
cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) after 2011
as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) proposes
to decommission its current space shuttle programme.
are thrilled to add Boeing to round out our extraordinary
team," Kathuria, 42, chairman of PlanetSpace, told IANS
on telephone from Chicago.
is a start-up that is interested in commercial use of space.
team brings together technical innovations leveraging more
than 50 years of relevant experience using flight-qualified
US-built Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motors, Athena launch
vehicles, proven space vehicle technology and on-orbit operations,"
role includes providing cargo carrier development, cargo integration
services, and ISS integration and operations support.
NASA programme is to sign commercial cargo-delivery contracts
to serve the ISS. It was originally intended to support start-ups
and smaller entrepreneurs.
now, Boeing's emergence as one of the teams changes that focus
somewhat. Boeing is currently NASA's prime contractor for
the international space station and is part of a joint venture
with Lockheed that oversees flights of the space shuttle.
CRS contract is an important part of ensuring the long-term
viability and value of the ISS. Boeing is pleased to be a
part of the PlanetSpace CRS team," said Brewster Shaw,
vice president and general manager of Boeing's Space Exploration
Boeing Company, as a partner in the design, development and
integration of the ISS, shares NASA's interest in ensuring
this national resource and world-class laboratory is used
to its full capability and potential," he added.
next month is slated to pick two winners for commercial cargo-delivery
contracts potentially valued at a total of $3 billion. The
other two teams are headed by Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles
and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Hawthorne, California.
team PlanetSpace has assembled is the only team that can address
NASA's capability based on availability of heritage hardware
and software systems, unprecedented corporate commitment and
the reputations for ultimate mission success. We commend Congress
and NASA on their continued commitment to support and grow
commercial spaceflight supporting our nation's space utilization
needs," said Kathuria.