Indo-French Joint Statement,14 February 2013
In space, the Leaders agreed to move forward, after the success of Megha-Tropiques satellite launch in October 2011 and the upcoming SARAL satellite launch. Both satellites contribute significantly to environmental and maritime survey purposes.
As next step, the Leaders acknowledged the ambitious follow-on space cooperation proposals drawn by the space agencies as an outcome of successful Science Seminar and Research and Technology Workshop held at Bangalore during February 5-6 2013.
Agreements signed during the visit
Statement of Intent for long-term cooperation in Space between Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO and Centre National d’Études Spatiales Shri (CNES):
In Septermber 2012, ISRO’s 100th mission successfully put a French satellite in orbit. Later this month, ISRO will launch the integrated SARAL satellite carrying the ALTIKA and ARGOS payloads from the French National Space Agency. CNES and ISRO have jointly identified the following means to pursue further cooperation including possibilities through Missions, Payloads and Applications; exchange of young Scientists and Professionals in France and in India; conducting thematic workshops.