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- 50 years of Indo-French space cooperation
India and France share a rich and longstanding space collaboration, which dates back to the 1960s. India purchased licenses for the Centaure and Bélier launch complexes as well as French technical assistance for building the Sriharikota launch pad. The first cooperation agreement was signed in 1977. A strategic partnership in space (among other issues) was agreed upon in 1998. In 2008, an Indo-French framework was signed in the exploration and the peaceful use of space in order to set up joint research programmes, instruments and satellites. Since the 1990s, CNES and ISRO have been collaborating together, a joint initiative that has resulted in the launch of Megha-Tropiques in 2011. Megha-Tropiques, the first Indo-French climate satellite, was launched on 12 October 2011 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. A second satellite, SARAL, was launched on 25 February 2013.
15 May 1964: first protocol agreement on space between France and India.
1965: transfer of the technology of the “Centaure” rocket.
1972: transfer of the technology of the “Viking” rocket engine.
1998: Space defined as a pillar of the Strategic Partnership.
30 September 2008: signature of the current agreement on Space.
October 2011: launch of the Indo-French satellite “Megha-Tropiques”.
February 2013: launch of the Indo-French satellite “SARAL”.
June 2014: launch of SPOT-7 satellite by India’s PSLV.