Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and France Space Agency CNES on 7th March 2019, have agreed to collaborate on the following avenues:
ISRO and CNES have signed an agreement to set up a maritime surveillance center in the country.
ISRO and CNES agreement intends to supply an operational system for detecting, identifying and tracking ships in the Indian Ocean, provides for a maritime surveillance center to be set up in India, sharing of capacity to process existing satellite data and joint development of associated algorithms.
ISRO and CNES will build a constellation of satellites for maritime surveillance intended to identify and track ships in the Indian Ocean.
ISRO and CNES will initially share data from their present space systems and develop new algorithms to analyse them.
ISRO and CNES agreement comes a year after the two governments initiated a broad collaboration plan during French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit in March 2018.
ISRO and CNES agencies have put up two climate and ocean weather monitoring satellites Megha-Tropiques (of 2011) and SARAL-AltiKa (2013) that are considered as models.