Financial Express Online Exclusive: ISRO President Wants to Cooperate with Latin American and Caribbean Countries
In an effort to deepen space cooperation with countries all over the world, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has entered into Memoranda of Understanding and Mutual Cooperation Agreements with 61 countries so far and it keeps growing. increase. ISRO is keen to establish ground stations in the South American region to download remote sensing data for their use and also for the use of India.
In an exclusive interaction with Financial Express Online, Somanath S, DOS Secretary/ISRO President, said, “Connecting with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean region is important for ISRO, given the the increased interest in space activities there, particularly the formation of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency (ALCE).
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We would like to showcase ISRO’s capabilities in remote sensing, use of
resource governance and mapping, and connecting with Indian industries in the space sector,” the ISRO President said.
According to him, “space cooperation agreements are already in place with Argentina,
Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Other engagements with Panama and the Dominican Republic are on the anvil. Indian satellite data has been used by Brazil to monitor Amazon forests since 2009.”
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“At ISRO, we have developed a mobile application for Mexico to monitor forest fires. Officials from these countries have undergone training in the construction of small satellites and training in space applications. We launched satellites for Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia in PSLV.
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Responding to a question about whether ISRO is working on the JOVE project with Costa Rica, Ecuador, the President said, “There is no engagement with these countries on this project.”
ISRO & Africa
In Africa, many of them are currently in the nascent stage, establishing their national space agencies, creating space policies and space activities under different scientific establishments.
“It is important for us to engage with them at agency and government level to explore opportunities in satellite applications, build space infrastructure in their countries with the support of Indian industries,” he explained.
“The African space agency piloted by Egypt is an example. They are also in discussion with many other established space agencies to support them. India has signed space cooperation agreements with Algeria, Egypt, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa and Tunisia,” he said. .
ISRO is in discussion with Madagascar and Kenya for space cooperation. And have had engagements with these space agencies providing training in microsatellite construction, remote sensing applications, and more.