“France is the biggest partner of India in space”.

India and France are working on their third joint satellite tv for pc mission, even because the bilateral space collaboration is getting into into a number of domains, together with human spaceflight programme, ISRO Chairman Okay. Sivan mentioned.

Mr. Sivan, additionally Secretary within the Department of Space, mentioned many French firms are eager to faucet into alternatives thrown up by current reforms injected into the space sector by the Government.

“France is the biggest partner of India in space”, he mentioned on the DST (Department of Science and Technology) Golden Jubilee Discourse on ‘unlocking India’s space potential – geospatial information & mapping’, an occasion offered on digital mode by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication and ‘Vigyan Prasar’ on Friday.

According to ISRO officers, ISRO and French space company CNES (Centre National dEtudes Spatiales) have undertaken two joint missions ‘Megha-Tropiques’, which was launched in 2011, and ‘Saral-Altika’ in 2013.

“Currently, we are working for the third one (mission)”, Mr. Sivan mentioned.

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Officials mentioned ISRO and CNES have accomplished the feasibility examine to grasp the earth remark satellite tv for pc mission with thermal infrared imager, TRISHNA (Thermal infraRed Imaging Satellite for High decision Natural useful resource Assessment) and are working in direction of finalising an implementing association for the joint improvement.

Mr. Sivan mentioned India can be working with France on joint experiments and lodging of scientific devices in space missions.

“Indo-French space collaboration is expanding into multiple domains including space exploration and human space flight programme,” he mentioned.

ISRO officers mentioned the 2 space companies have additionally finalised all interface management paperwork for accommodating CNES’s ‘ARGOS’ instrument in ISROs OCEANSAT-3 satellite tv for pc.

ARGOS instrument has been delivered at Bengaluru for integration with the satellite tv for pc.

“Discussions on establishing ‘NavIC’ (an independent regional navigation satellite system developed and maintained by India) reference station in France and CNES ‘Scintillation’ receivers in India are additionally progressing effectively”, they mentioned.

ISRO-CNES HSP (Human Space Programme) Working Group had quite a few discussions on medical features of human spaceflight and finalising an implementation association to formalise cooperation within the area of space medication, it was famous.

Mr. Sivan mentioned with the current reforms initiated by the federal government within the space sector, the Indo-French space cooperation is anticipated to develop additional involving industries, academia and analysis institutes.

He mentioned many French firms need to “make use of” reforms within the sector and “they are going to involve”.

So, the reforms wouldn’t solely strengthen space cooperation at government-to-government stage however industry-to-industry interplay goes to get a “fresh relook” within the modified atmosphere, Mr. Sivan added.

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