New Delhi, 14 December 2006 – The Indian government on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) that India has signed MoUs/Agreements for cooperation in the area of space with 27 countries and space agencies so far.
The countries are Australia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Norway, Peru, Russia, Sweden, Thailand, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Venezuela.
In a written reply in the Upper House, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan informed that the major achievement of India in the field of space is the self-reliant development of world-class satellites and launch vehicles and utilizing the space systems in several areas relevant to national development.
India has established two operational space systems viz., INSAT system for satellite communication, broadcasting and meteorology and the Indian Remote Sensing satellite (IRS) system for natural resources management. In the area of space science, India has flown a few payloads in the past and now two dedicated science missions — Chandrayan-I and ASTROSAT are getting ready for a launch in the next two years, he said.
On outsourcing of satellite building services, Chavan replied that it is ISRO’s policy to outsource repetitive and routine fabrication of satellite and launch vehicle systems to qualified industries after building adequate safeguards in the contracts. The present demand of three to four satellites per year is being satisfactorily met from the industries as well as in-house capacity.