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Gaganyaan: ISRO Experts To Receive Training For India’s Space Project In France, Says CNES

For further cementing ties in this area, the space agencies of India and France signed an agreement to build a constellation of satellites for maritime surveillance intended to identify and track ships in the Indian Ocean.

Experts from ISRO will start receiving training for the ‘Gaganyaan’ project at the Toulouse Space Centre in France from this month, French space agency CNES said Wednesday. The experts will also be trained at CADMOS, the centre for development of microgravity applications and space operations, and the MEDES Space Clinic in France, it said.

For further cementing ties in this area, the space agencies of India and France signed an agreement to build a constellation of satellites for maritime surveillance intended to identify and track ships in the Indian Ocean.
The pact was signed after ISRO chairman K Sivan and CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall held a meeting at Bengaluru and discussed a range of issues to intensify cooperation in the area.

“The meeting between the CNES president and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman offered the opportunity to confirm the progress of the agencies’ work in the field of human spaceflight to lay the groundwork for missions of future Indian astronauts,” a statement by CNES said.

“A team of experts from ISRO will start receiving training this month at the Toulouse Space Centre, the CADMOS Centre for Microgravity applications and space operations and the MEDES space clinic,” it said. The Toulouse Space Centre is a centre for research and development relating to space travel.

The development comes a year after French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a ‘Joint Vision for Space Cooperation’ during the former’s visit here in March last year. Besides France, India has signed an agreement with Russia for its ambitious human space mission project ‘Gaganyaan’ under which three Indians will travel to space by 2022.

Source: Financial Express

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