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August 13th, 2009

O.K. Given By U.S. For ISRO To Launch Algerian Sats

The U.S. has allowed the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to launch Algerian satellites having American components using an Indian launch vehicle, following a Technical Safeguards Agreement (TSA) between the two countries.

A Technical Safeguards Agreement, covering launches of satellites having U.S. components on Indian launch vehicles, was signed between India and the U.S. on July 20 during the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to New Delhi. "Following the signing of the Technical Safeguards Agreement during Secretary Hillary Clinton's recent visit to India, the U.S. Government has given clearance for launch by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) of Algerian satellites ALSAT-2A and ALSAT-2B, which have US components, on board an Indian space launch vehicle," the Indian Embassy said in a statement.