Sivan said, “India will also launch the satellite built by Isro-trained scientists of a country if the spacecraft is well-built and clears all tests. The Indian move was welcomed by member countries of UNISPACE+50.
“The Indian delegation also had bilateral talks with space scientists of 12 countries, including France, Israel and Japan, on the sidelines of the meeting. The talks focused on enhancing space collaboration.”
Some months ago, India had a pact with Israel to help Israel in development of atomic clocks, electric propulsion for small satellites and GEO-LEO optical links. With France, the country had in March signed an agreement for close collaboration on inter-planetary missions. The discussion on the fringes of the Vienna summit was meant to boost cooperation in these fields.
India’s initiative came at a time when the forum commemorated the 50th anniversary of the ground-breaking 1968 UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE). The symposium also gave an opportunity to the international community to consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of the humankind.
The conference took place around a regular session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), the committee that works on problems from sustainability on Earth through space activities to the sustainable use of space environment.
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