Jean-Yues Le Gall, President of French National Centre for Space Studies(CNES), announced with Indian counter-part K. Sivan, Chairman of ISRO, the countries’ plan to work together on India’s first manned space mission, ‘Gaganyaan’. The French and the Indian teams will exchange expertise on astronaut life support, radiation protection, space debris protection and personal hygiene systems. The working teams and the engineering teams have started working on making it happen before 2022, with the vision that “infrastructure from the development of microgravity application will be used to train future Indian astronauts”. CNES will also be sharing its knowledge from the human spaceflights of Thomas Pesquet's Proxima, who has conducted 50 scientific experiments for European Space Agency(ESA) and CNES. The French space agency will learn crew transport from India’s endeavours. They have been closely associated in climate-monitoring and working on India’s further mission to Mars, Venus and asteroids. Currently, India and France are working on ‘Trishna’, an infrared remote-sensing land monitoring mission. “In 2019, ISRO will be launching ‘Oceansat-3’ satellite carrying CNES ‘ARGOS’ to collect environmental data and track wildlife,” an official said. The two together are also developing a joint constellation of satellites for maritime domain awareness. 59 satellites are due in three years and they need a dozen light-lifting PSLV rockets to launch them. ISRO also wants Indian industries to invest in space programmes. ISRO’s commercial arm, Antrix opines that the space industry is growing leap and bounds.
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