Russia, India Negotiate on Human Spaceflight Cooperation

Translated from Russian using Google Translate

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On September 25, 2018, the delegation of the Roskosmos State Corporation headed by Dmitry Rogozin met with representatives of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

The main topics of negotiations between the two space organizations were: joint work within the framework of manned space programs, where the Russian side is ready to offer its significant achievements and partnership, as well as possible joint initiatives in the areas of satellite navigation.

Russia is also ready to develop cooperation with India in rocket engineering and engine building, remote sensing of the Earth (RS), space meteorology, astrophysical research and study of planets.

At present, Russia’s relations with India in the space sphere are regulated by several documents: the framework intergovernmental agreement on outer space from 2004, which came into force in 2006, the GLONASS framework agreement of 2004, which came into force in 2010, and the intergovernmental agreement on granting the Indian party access to a part of the radio-frequency spectrum and navigational signals of the GLONASS system for peaceful purposes.

In addition, memorandums of understanding were signed between the countries on expanding cooperation in the exploration of outer space (2015) and on the mutual placement of ground-based stations for measuring the Russian GLONASS system from 2016. In the last direction, in the period from 2016 to 2018, very positive changes were achieved and the ground for new joint projects was prepared.