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Delhi's Defense Spending Spree

As India upgrades its arsenal, U.S. military contractors hope to cash in

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Ever the global iconoclast, India has reacted positively to the policies of U.S. President George W. Bush. It supports the global war on terror, likes Bush's free-market philosophy, and appreciates his administration's efforts to relax rules governing cooperation in nuclear energy. Thus, while the United States has seen its relations with many countries deteriorate since 2001, its relations with India have achieved unprecedented warmth.

As a result, India is suddenly a hot market for U.S. corporations peddling aerospace and defense wares--though some in India have expressed serious concerns about whether New Delhi's enthusiasm for American military hardware is really in the subcontinent's long-term interest.

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Two men fix metal rods to a gold-foiled satellite component in a warehouse/clean room environment

Technicians at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems facilities in Redondo Beach, Calif., work on a mockup of the JWST spacecraft bus—home of the observatory’s power, flight, data, and communications systems.


For a deep dive into the engineering behind the James Webb Space Telescope, see our collection of posts here.

When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) reveals its first images on 12 July, they will be the by-product of carefully crafted mirrors and scientific instruments. But all of its data-collecting prowess would be moot without the spacecraft’s communications subsystem.

The Webb’s comms aren’t flashy. Rather, the data and communication systems are designed to be incredibly, unquestionably dependable and reliable. And while some aspects of them are relatively new—it’s the first mission to use Ka-band frequencies for such high data rates so far from Earth, for example—above all else, JWST’s comms provide the foundation upon which JWST’s scientific endeavors sit.

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