March 31, 2023
A delegation from the European Space Agency (ESA) led by Mr. Eric Morel, Director of European Legal and International Matters, visited ISRO: DOS Centres in Ahmedabad and Bengaluru during March 27-31, 2023. After visiting SAC, PRL, URSC, HFSC, ISTRAC and NSIL, the delegation had a concluding meeting at ISRO Headquarters on March 31, 2023, with Shri S Somanath, Chairman, ISRO/ Secretary, DOS, and other senior ISRO officials.
The meeting deliberated collaborative opportunities in Earth Observation, Science Programs, Navigation, Human Space Flight, Operations, and Technology. Opportunities emerging from the opening up of Space sector reforms in India were also discussed. ESA expressed willingness to work with the Indian space ecosystem, including Industry and Academia by sharing technical expertise, data, and tools. ISRO offered to explore ride-sharing for ESA’s Science missions on Indian launch vehicles and experiments in PSLV Orbital Experimental Module. Both agencies agreed to work for the exchange of experts and carry out joint activities involving Indian and European industries.