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India to Develop Remote Sensing Satellites with China
Sep 24, 2014

India will, for the first time, join hands with China to develop remote sensing satellites. An agreement in this regard was signed recently. Right from the initial days of its space programme in the 1960s, India had collaborated with the USA, USSR (now Russia) and some European countries, but ISRO never had a tie-up with China. 

Under this project space scientists of the two countries would work together to prepare a roadmap for a series of missions to be implemented together. A joint team will begin work very soon and the roadmap will be ready by April 2015.

The agreement aims at encouraging cooperation for peaceful purposes, and a lot of emphasis will be on research and development, including in communication satellites. India look forward to it as both the countries are crucial in creating a strong space presence in Asia. There were some steps in 1991, but nothing much happened. This is a concrete step forward.


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