India and France decided to step up cooperation in the space sector by exploring ways to use satellites for maritime surveillance and collaborating on interplanetary missions, according to newindianexpress.com.
India’s Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French National Space Agency (CNES) would work together on the design and development of joint products and techniques to monitor and protect their assets in land and sea, said a document — Joint Vision for Space Cooperation — issued after talks between Prime Minister Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron.
ISRO and CNES also inked an agreement for end-to-end solution for detection, identification and monitoring of vessels in the regions of interest.
The agencies of the two countries would cooperate to protect their respective space based assets, including by infrastructure and information-sharing on space events.
India and France will also develop a wider dialogue on space awareness.
The development comes in the backdrop when the region is witnessing growing presence of the Chinese navy.
India and France space cooperation is more than five- decades-old.