A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Australian Space Agency and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as part of a commitment to increase co-operation across civil space activities.
The MOU aims to encourage collaboration between the countries across the following fields:
- civil space research;
- technology and capability development;
- educational activities; and
- the use of outer space for peaceful purposes.
Head of the Australian Space Agency Enrico Palermo said the agreement would help identify new areas of co-operation in space technology, applications, education and outreach.
“ISRO’s experience in spacecraft and systems engineering and ground stations to support space activities makes them a strategic partner for Australia as we grow our own national space capability and open doors for Australian business internationally,” Palermo said.
“Today’s signing signals a valuable opportunity for Australia to play a role in the Gaganyaan missions, further engage industry to grow our sector, and expand co-operation with India in space, science and research activities in the years to come.”
The MOU between the respective governments was signed by Palermo and Dr K Sivan, chair of ISRO and head of the Indian Department of Space.
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