India, France To Collaborate On Satellite Technology To Tackle Climate Change

India-France collaboration on satellite technology is part of the Joint Vision for Space Cooperation, signed during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India

ISRO and CNES will collaborate on use of satellite technology for addressing global challenges like Climate Change through joint missions — Megha-Tropiques and Saral-Altika, the ongoing studies of the Trishna satellite for land Infrared monitoring and the Oceansat3-Argos mission.

These were part of the agreements signed by ISRO chairman K Sivan and CNES President Jean-Yves LeGall in New Delhi on Saturday. The two nations will also collaborate on a joint earth observation mission with high resolution imaging capability in optical and microwave domains, as well as pursuing the study of a constellation of satellites for maritime surveillance. There are further plans for cooperation in the satellite navigation field, including reference stations in France and India to improve the orbit determination and clock estimation for the Indian and European navigational systems; and development of navigation applications.

Tucked among the slew of billion-dollar trade pacts signed between India and France during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India was the document India-France Joint Vision for Space Cooperation, which lays out a joint vision for collaboration in exploring space for earth observation, defense as well as deep space.

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