India, China to jointly develop remote sensing satellites

India, China to jointly develop remote sensing satellites

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Chinese President, Mr. Xi Jinping witnessing the signing of an MoU between the Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, Dr. K. Radhakrishnan and the Vice Administrator, China National Space Administration, Ms. Zhang Jianhua on Cooperation in the Peaceful use of Space, in New Delhi on September 18, 2014.India, September 23, 2014: During the State Visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India, India and China signed MoU for the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. The two countries also agreed to jointly develop remote sensing satellites.

The MoU was signed in New Delh on September 18 by Koppillil Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, and Zhang Jianhua, vice administrator of China National Space Administration, in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The MoU enables both sides to encourage exchange and cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes, including Research and development of scientific experiment satellites, remote sensing satellites and communications satellites, read the press note issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

India and China signed a framework agreement several years back, but that did not progress beyond the sharing of Indian remote sensing data with China. After signing the MoU, the ISRO Chief also told media that a joint team will begin work in the coming weeks and the road map of action will be ready by April 2015.

Source: MEA