Russia and India have decided to jointly explore the space and develop infrastructure facilities. According to PTI, India and Russia are set to boost cooperation in space, including the launching of Russian navigational satellites with the help of Indian booster rockets, a senior space official here said.
“Expressing their desire to expand bilateral space cooperation India and Russia have signed two agreements, including on launching of GLONASS navigational satellites with the help of Indian booster rockets,” Deputy Chief of Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) Alexander Medvedchikov said. He said the experts of the two countries are working on the legal framework of the Indo-Russian space cooperation.
During President Vladimir Putin’s India visit last December, Roskosmos and ISRO signed an agreement on joint use of Soviet-era global navigational satellite system ”GLONASS” by making it fully functional, involving launching new Russian satellites from the Indian launch pads with the help of Indian vehicles.
Last month the cabinet committee on political affairs chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ratified the GLONASS deal with Russia, which would end the dependency on the Pentagon-controlled GPS Navstar.