India’s Space Research Organisation has confirmed it is in discussions with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Israel’s Space Agency (ISA) on cooperating and identifying projects where the organisations could work together.
The Secretary in the Department of Space and ISRO Chairman K Sivan held virtual meetings with DG of ISA Avi Blasberger and DG of ESA Josef Aschbacher last week.
The discussions included a review of ongoing activities including cooperation in electric propulsion system for small satellites and GEO-LEO (Geosynchronous Earth Orbit-Low Earth Orbit) optical links.
They also discussed potential opportunities of working together in future including launch of Israeli satellites on Indian rocket launchers and commemorating 75th anniversary of Indian independence and 30 years of India-Israel diplomatic relations through an appropriate event in 2022, an ISRO statement confirmed.
An ISRO-ESA Arrangement concerning network and operational cross-support which will enable use of ground station to support each others spacecraft missions, was signed recently.
“They agreed to form thematic working groups which will discuss to identify potential opportunities for working together to further enhance ISRO-ESA cooperation”, the Bengaluru-headquartered space agency added.