The Wing: The Space Wing (ISRO Technical Liaison Unit) is responsible for co-ordination of all space related activities between India (ISRO) and France (CNES). The Wing also caters to similar activities with other space agencies of Europe such as ESA, DLR (Germany), ASI (Italy), UK Space Agency and Arianespace. The main activities of Space Wing include:
- To co-ordinate with these space agencies with respect to bilateral/multilateral co-operation, satellite launches, joint missions, payloads and tracking station support.
- Technical Liaison with space agencies in Europe to ascertain the state-of-the-art technology on various launch vehicle and satellite systems and providing feedback to ISRO.
- Representation of ISRO in various technical forums and international organizations like UN-COPUOUS, IAF, COSPAR and EUMETSAT.
- Interfacing with different manufacturers and suppliers of components from Europe to prevent any delays to ISRO programmes.
ISRO: The objective of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is to develop space science, technology and applications towards achieving self reliance and facilitating in all round development of the nation. ISRO has the following programmes:
- Indian National Satellite (INSAT) programme for telecommunication, television broadcasting, meteoroglogy, developmental education, societal applications such as telemedicine, tele-education, tele-advisories and similar such services.
- Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) programme for management of natural resources and various developmental projects across the country using space based imagery
- Indigenous capability for design and development of satellite and associated technologies for communications, navigation, remote sensing and space sciences.
- Design and development of launch vehicles for access to space and orbiting INSAT, IRS satellites and space science missions.
International Cooperation: ISRO places great importance on working together with other countries and international bodies in promoting the development and use of space technology for different applications. ISRO continues to harness the benefits of international cooperation through (i) working together with other space agencies in programmes of mutual interest (ii) participating in international committees and other fora dealing with space policies and coordination of space operations and (iii) providing expertise and services to other nations in the applications of space technology. Formal cooperative arrangements are currently in place with space agencies of 33 countries and three multinational bodies.