The Indian space agency announced it will work with Russia to help redesign the Soyuz for future Indian space missions

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will work alongside the Russian Space Agency to share technology and hardware for a new Indian space mission.  Specifically, India plans to redesign the Russian Soyuz space capsule for its own manned mission launches in the future.

The Soyuz has been used since 1967, with Russian engineers periodically upgrading it over the years to ensure it's still safe for manned missions.  The Soyuz has been used to ferry astronauts from the International Space Station (ISS) back to Earth.

Ties between the two countries continues to strengthen, as an Indian astronaut is scheduled to blast into orbit on a Russian spacecraft by 2013, prior to the launch of the ISRO manned launch in 2014 or 2015.

"We have laid our plans and of course manned missions are in our plan and program," ISRO spokesperson S. Satish told Indian media.  "May be manned mission for the government approval, comes immediately, around 2014 or 2015, will be the targeted launch date.

Only the United States, Russia, China, Japan and the ESA have been able to launch their own moon missions, with each nation jockeying for position in a new generation of an unofficial space race.

The larger space nations continue to work with smaller, developing nations to help them reach their own goals.  Russia has worked with the majority of current space nations, and will be responsible for ferrying U.S. astronauts into space once the current generation of space shuttles is retired on 2010.

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