The Artemis Accords is a non-binding multilateral arrangement between the United States government and other world governments.
NASA’s SLS moon rocket is seen on its launch pad on November 12, 2022
According to senior US Administration officials, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are drafting a strategy framework for human spaceflight activities this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently on his first State visit to the US.
Senior US Administration officials said on Thursday, “In the space sector, we will be able to announce that India is signing the Artemis Accords, which advance a common vision for space exploration for the benefit of all humankind.”
Additionally, they mentioned that this year, NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be creating a strategic plan for human spaceflight operations.
The United States government and other international nations taking part in the American-led mission to send people back to the Moon by 2025 have agreed to the non-binding Artemis Accords.
Senior officials also stated that Micron Technology will donate $800 million (or around Rs. 6,600 crore) to the Indian National Semiconductor Mission in order to establish semiconductor assembly and testing facilities in India.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on building the Semiconductor Supply chain during the 5th Commercial Dialogue between India and the US was recently inked, and it may help India realise its long-cherished aim of becoming a hub for electronic goods.
The officials told ANI that Micron Technology would invest more than $800 million (roughly Rs. 6,600 crore) in India to build a $2.75 billion (roughly Rs. 22,600 crore) semiconductor assembly and test facility. This investment will be made with the help of the Indian National Semiconductor Mission.
Another semiconductor manufacturing equipment manufacturer would unveil a training programme for 60,000 Indian engineers in the nation, they continued.
According to the officials, the two governments are collaborating on new telecommunications technologies, such as 5G and open routing systems.
We are collaborating on 5G and other innovative telecommunications technologies, such as open routing systems. We will be announcing agreements with operators, manufacturers, and markets for open field trials and rollouts, including scale installations in both the US and India. The US International Development Finance will support this, along with cooperation and promotion of the deployments in India, they said ANI.
The officials also announced that the US planned to establish two additional consulates in India.
“In addition to one other city, the United States plans to open a new consulate in Bengaluru. India anticipates announcing the opening of new consulates in the US, according to US administration officials.