India, France to Cooperate on Human Spaceflight

BENGALURU, India (CNES PR) — Announcing the establishment of a French-Indian working group dedicated to cooperation in the field of manned spaceflight, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ISRO President K Sivan have concretized one of the main commitments made by the President of the Republic during his state visit to India.

CNES and ISRO will pool their expertise in the fields of space medicine, astronaut health monitoring, life support, radiation protection, space debris protection and personal hygiene systems.

The first exchanges between the technical teams have already taken place and are envisaged, in the framework of the training of the future Indian astronauts, the crossed use of infrastructures such as the CADMOS or the MEDES space clinic, as well as as the exchange of specialized staff.

This new theme of space cooperation between France and India comes into being when the Indian Prime Minister announced the launch of an astronaut from Indian soil in 2022. Its implementation was made at the Bengaluru Space Expo, Asia’s largest space show, held every two years in Bangalore.

Guest of honor of this sixth edition, the President of CNES mentioned the unique and exemplary nature of space cooperation between France and India. While the event was under the sign of NewSpace, Jean-Yves Le Gall recalled the support of CNES to French actors in NewSpace and their international development and the establishment of exploratory partnerships with key players in the field of Indian NewSpace.

Space cooperation between France and India, showcased on the CNES stand, extends the climate, with a fleet of joint satellites dedicated to research and operational applications, to innovation with a group technical joint venture to invent tomorrow’s launcher technologies and partnerships with Indian NewSpace and explore the universe, with ongoing work on France’s participation in future Indian missions to Mars, Venus and asteroids.

The joint Oceansat3-Argos mission, scheduled for launch in 2019, and the French-Indian Trishna thermal infrared observation satellite are under preparation, as well as a study to jointly develop a constellation of maritime surveillance satellites.

After his visit, Jean-Yves Le Gall declared: “By promising to launch a ‘vyomanaut’ before 2022, Prime Minister Modi launched one of the greatest challenges in the history of the space for years to come. CNES is particularly proud to join forces with ISRO to share the experience gained from the first French manned flights to Thomas Pesquet’s Proxima mission and to reinforce our own expertise by learning about innovative developments in the field. ISRO in the field of crew transportation.”

Translated from French using Google Translate.