Cooperation with China





Cooperation with China

            India has not signed any agreement with China to develop remote sensing satellites for disaster management and preparedness. 

            However, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and China NationalSpace Agency (CNSA) on cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space was signed on September 18, 2014 at New Delhi. As per this MoU, the Cooperative activities may include the following areas:




(i)             Research and development of scientific experiment satellites, remote sensing satellites and communications satellites.

(ii)           Launch, tracking and control services for satellites including in-orbit operation and management.

(iii)          Research, development, utilization and applications of satellite ground systems.

                                 (iv)   Material processing in space, atmospheric sciences, radio astronomy,                                  astrophysics and microgravity testing; and other mutually agreed areas.



                        ISRO is pursuing cooperation with other countries on peaceful uses of outer space. Cooperative agreements are signed with 35 countries. The areas of cooperation include (i) Remote Sensing of Earth, (ii) Satellite Communication, (iii) Launch Services, (iv) Telemetry & Tracking Support, (v) Space Exploration, (vi) Space Law and (vii) Capacity Building.

ISRO is currently working with space agencies of: (i) USA, to realize Dual frequency (L& S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar mission for Earth observation and (ii) Canada,to realize Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) to be accommodated in India’s ASTROSAT satellite.

            This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
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Fellowship Programme by ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation has set-up a fellowship programme at an American University.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has setup an endowed fellowship programme at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), California, USA. This fellowship programme is established in honour of Dr. Satish Dhawan, who was the former Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation.

The fellowship provides an opportunity every year to one meritorious graduating student from the Aerospace Department of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram to be sponsored by the Department of Space, to pursue Masters in Aerospace Engineering at Caltech.

The fellowship programme has started in the winter session of the academic year 2013-14 and one student has availed this fellowship and already completed his Masters degree at Caltech.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are working together to realize a Dual frequency (L& S band) Synthetic Aperture Radar mission for Earth observation. Both agencies have established a ‘ISRO-NASA Mars Working Group’ to explore the possibilities of enhancing the cooperation in Mars exploration.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
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Indian Space Telescope

At present, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) does not have any plan for developing an Indian Space Telescope similar to Hubble Space Telescope.




ISRO intends to launch following projects for space exploration in the next three years.



            1. A multi-wavelength astronomy satellite ‘ASTROSAT’ aimed at studying the celestial sources over a wide spectral region covering Visible, Ultraviolet, Soft X-rays and Hard X-ray bands.

             2.  Chandrayaan-2 mission comprising of an Indian Orbiter, Lander and Rover. The Orbiter with scientific payloads will orbit around the moon.  The scientific payloads onboard the Orbiter, Lander and Rover are expected to perform mineralogical and elemental studies of the lunar surface.

             3. A scientific mission ‘Aditya’ for solar studies to understand the physical processes that heat the solar corona.



            This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
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Shortage of Manpower in ISRO

            ISRO is not facing shortage of engineers/scientists/physicists to fill up the sanctioned posts.

            As a part of the long term capacity build up strategies for developing high quality human resources in Space Science area, the Department of Space / ISRO has initiated the following pro-active measures in encouraging Indian youth to take up Space Science as their career:



i.  Introduced fellowship schemes for post graduate students pursuing space science and atmospheric research in eight Universities in the Country;

ii.            One time financial grant to set up Space Science laboratories in select eight Universities in the Country;

iii.           Introduction of research fellowship to enable scientists from universities and other academic and research institutions to visit and conduct research work at national laboratories, academic/research institutions;

iv.          Established Joint Astronomy Programme with participation of other research laboratories and an academic institution in organising research in astronomy area leading to award of Ph.D degree to young research students;

v.            Developed customized academic programme in Space Science area both at Undergraduate and Graduate level at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology;

vi.          Provides excellent research opportunity in Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) for young scientists to take up research in Space Science area leading to award of Ph.D degree in space science and atmospheric research areas through an academic institution.        



            This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.
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