- Since 1964 India-France have a long-standing partnership for peaceful uses of outer space
- The partnership has led to the realization of world-class joint projects whose scientific outputs have benefitted the entire scientific community.
- Both sides to work towards further strengthening the India-France space relations
Bangalore, March 16. India and France view each other as important partners in Space Technology and Applications and have a vibrant bilateral co-operation for almost six decades.
Since 1964, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO – Indian government space agency) and Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES – French government space agency) have a long-standing partnership for peaceful uses of outer space.
This partnership has led to the realization of world-class joint projects whose scientific outputs have benefitted the entire scientific community.
France has proven to be a reliable supplier for components, spares and equipment for the Indian Space Programme. More than 20 French companies including Airbus Defence and Space, SAFT, SAFRAN, MPA Industries, Hutchinson and Constellium have been regular suppliers for various ISRO activities.
On Thursday 16th of March at Bangalore, ISRO Centre, a French delegation of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the French National Assembly led by the Committee’s President H E Mr. Jean-Louis Bourlanges visited ISRO Headquarters on March 16, 2023, as part of its overall India visit coordinated by the Ministry of External Affairs.
ISRO-DOS delegation led by Dr. R. Umamaheswaran, Director of ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre briefed the French delegation on the Indian space programme, highlighting the developments in the Gaganyaan programme and the opening of the Space sector in India.
While appreciating the long-standing bilateral space cooperation and the opportunities available for the industries in the Space sector, the French Parliamentary delegation agreed to work for continued support from French Government for further strengthening the India-France space relations.
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