ISRO And JAXA Cooperation In Earth Observation:
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) reviewed cooperation in earth observation, lunar cooperation, and satellite navigation.
- They also agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in “space situational awareness and professional exchange program”.
- Both agencies signed an Implementing Arrangement for collaborative activities on rice crop area and air quality monitoring using satellite data.
- India and Japan are already working on a joint lunar polar exploration (LUPEX) mission.
- LUPEX aims to send a lander and rover to the Moon’s south pole around 2024.
- India and Italy have decided to explore opportunities in earth observation, space science, and robotic and human exploration.
- India and Australia signed an amendment to the MoU which will build on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
- Both countries are also in discussions for Australia to host vital tracking infrastructure to support the Gaganyaan manned space flight mission.