Emerging Powers Brazil, India Look To Space Cooperation

AEB PR — The two emerging powers need to define forms and fields of cooperation in space. The full awareness of this growing need was clear during a meeting of  Ambassador of India, BS Prakash, the President of the Brazilian Space Agency, Professor Marco Antonio Raupp, on Tuesday.

Outline was agreed by the end of the year, the concrete fields of cooperation to be effective, based on mutual interests and participation of companies from both countries. It was also agreed to devote special attention to the program in future meetings Satellite IBSA forum approved by India, Brazil and South Africa. The technical characteristics of these satellites have begun to be developed.

A visit by President Rousseff to India is expected, in principle, for next February. The main commitment now assumed by the President of AEB and Ambassador of India is preparing a proposal that meets the real needs of both countries in areas such as earth observation, satellite telecommunications, and preparation of highly qualified human resources in the space.

The Ambassador Dr. BS Prakash presented Marco Antonio Raupp with the book “India 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium” , by the renowned Indian scientists APJ Abdul Kalam and YS Rajan. The book has a valid reference as an epigraph for the occasion: “If those who think they have something to achieve a firm and well defined, they shall they make what they think and even how they think.”

Attending the hearing were: Dr. Vinod K. Sachdeva, Minister Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of India; Dr. GK Rayalu, Indian researcher who has worked for many years at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE); Dr. Himilcon Castro Carvalho, Director of Space Policy and Strategic Investments ( DPEI) of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB); and Professor José Montserrat Filho, Chief Advisor for International Cooperation (IAC) of the AEB.