Australia’s active support in establishing temporary ground station in Cocos (Keeling) Island for India’s ‘Gaganyaan’ missions, potential opportunities for cooperation in earth observation, satellite navigation, space situational awareness, and weather and climate studies using satellite data were the highlights of the discussion, according to ISRO.
In a separate meeting between the Dutch ambassador and ISRO Chairman, apart from the ongoing interactions for cooperation in remote sensing applications focussed on air pollution and water management, potential opportunities for cooperation in space-based astronomy were discussed.
Palermo and Van den Berg also addressed the three-day 7th ‘Bengaluru Space Expo 2022’, an international conference and exhibition, which concluded on Wednesday.
”Australia continues to look at new ways to enhance our space collaboration with India,” Palermo said.
”The establishment of a Consulate-General in Bengaluru from 2023 will allow us to further develop the space relationship,” he added.
Somanath, also Secretary in the Department of Space, said: ”They (Australia) were able to attract (Indian) start-ups to work together. This shows that Australia is also open to launching our satellites from their land sometime, and vice versa.” Palermo and his delegation also visited ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC), and satellite integration and testing facilities of U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) here.
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