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About ISRO

The objective of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is to develop space technology and its application to various national tasks.  ISRO has successfully operationalized two major satellite systems namely Indian National Satellites (INSAT) for communication services and Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites for management of natural resources. ISRO has also developed the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) for launching IRS type of satellites and Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) for launching INSAT type of satellites. For more details, please refer to the ISRO Website

Bilateral Relations

France and India view each other as important partners in space technology and applications. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its French counterpart the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have a rich legacy of cooperation and collaboration for more than four decades. ISRO and CNES jointly worked on a scientific satellite programme for studying tropical atmosphere, called Megha-Tropiques which was launched on October-12, 2011 by ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Megha-Tropiques is designed to study tropical weather. On September 9, 2012, ISRO's PSLV-C21 successfully launched the French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-6. Another joint Indo-French satellite SARAL (Satellite for ARGOS and ALTIKA), carrying a Ka-band altimeter to study the ocean surface and a platform for collecting data was successfully launched by PSLV on February 25, 2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India. On 30th June 2014, India’s PSLV-C23 successfully launched the French SPOT-7 satellite.

ISRO and CNES hold regular bilateral meetings and the scientific communities of India and France cooperate in joint experiments, space components development and space education. A 'Science Seminar' and 'Research and Technology Workshop' was organised in Bangalore during February 05-06, 2013 and ISRO and CNES have jointly identified areas of further cooperation. A Statement of Intent for Long-Term Co-operation in Space between ISRO and CNES was signed between Chairman ISRO and President of CNES on 14 February 2013. The two Chiefs reiterated their willingness for continuing the good cooperation during their meeting in Paris in April 2014.

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  • Imtiaz Ali Khan
  • Counsellor Space & ISRO Technical Liaison Officer
  • Embassy of India
  • 15 Rue Alfred Dehodencq
  • 75016 Paris
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