UPSC Current – Australia to temporarily host ISRO satellite tracking facilities
Australia to temporarily host ISRO satellite tracking facilities
Why in News?
- As part of steps to deepen cooperation in civil space activities, the space agencies of India and Australia were working together to position temporarily Indian tracking facilities in Australia, said Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews on Friday. This would support India’s planned human space flight programme.
- India, Australia space cooperation is underpinned by a formal Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries in 2012.
- Both nations have been collaborating since 1987 to “support data calibration and laser raging for Indian satellites, launching Australian satellites, and conducting joint research”.
- At a virtual summit in June, both countries elevated the bilateral relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and put in place practical agreements on cybersecurity, emerging technology and critical minerals.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has embarked on an ambitious plan to put an Indian in space by 2022 under Gaganyaan mission.