Indian Space Research Organisation and French space agency CNES signed a partnership agreement in satellite launch technology on 10th Jan 2017.
Agreement was signed between ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall.
Space cooperation between France and India spans 50 years and is a cornerstone of the Indo-French strategic partnership.
ISTRAC (ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network) monitors Indian space missions, including the two Indo-French satellites currently in orbit for collecting data to track climate change.
ISRO is the second partner of CNES, in terms of volume, after NASA.
Of comparable size and sharing similar objectives, the space programmes of both countries are complementary.
Through the partnership, France to benefit from the Indian model of streamlining the costs of space programmes.
As TeamIndus races to design an all-terrain rover by end-2017 for this lunar mission, CNES will provide it with cameras.
An agreement was signed providingAxiom Research Lab's lunar rover with two latest-generation CASPEX micro-cameras.
These are developed by CNES in partnership with French firm 3DPlus.
In joining forces with Team Indus on this first private mission to land a rover on the moon, CNES is sending French technology for the first time on lunar terrain.About CNES
- The Centre national d'études spatiales is the French government space agency.
- Its headquarters are located in central Paris.
- It t is under the supervision of the French Ministries of Defence and Research.
- Budget: 2.126 billion EUR (2015)
- Headquarters: Paris
- Founder: Charles de Gaulle
- Founded: 19 December 1961