Australia and the Netherlands seek to step up space cooperation with India

Senior officials from Australia and the Netherlands discussed potential opportunities for enhanced space cooperation with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Chairman S Somanath.

Australian Space Agency (ASA) chief Enrico Palermo and Dutch Ambassador to India, Bhutan and Nepal Marten van den Berg visited ISRO headquarters here on Tuesday.

Australia’s active support for the establishment of a temporary ground station on Cocos (Keeling) Island for India’s Gaganyaan missions, potential opportunities for cooperation in the fields of Earth observation, satellite navigation, space situational awareness and weather and climate studies using satellite data were the highlights of the discussion, according to ISRO.

In a separate meeting between the Ambassador of the Netherlands and the President of ISRO, in addition to ongoing interactions for cooperation in remote sensing applications focusing on air pollution and water management , potential opportunities for cooperation in space astronomy were discussed.

“Areas to improve the interaction between Indian and Dutch industries and academic institutes were also discussed,” an ISRO statement said.

Palermo and Van den Berg also spoke at the 7th “Bengaluru Space Expo 2022”, a three-day international conference and exhibition, which ended on Wednesday.

Highlighting the strong commercial ties in space between Australia and India, six separate memoranda from the Australian-Indian space industry were exchanged at the inauguration of the summit.

“Australia continues to seek new ways to improve its space collaboration with India,” Palermo said.

“The establishment of a Consulate General in Bangalore from 2023 will enable us to further develop the spatial relationship,” he added.

Somanath, also a secretary in the Space Department, said: ”They (Australia) have been successful in attracting (Indian) start-ups to work together. It shows that Australia is also open to launching our satellites from their land sometimes, and vice versa.” Palermo and his delegation also visited ISRO’s Human Space Flight Center (HSFC) and the facilities of integration and test of satellites from the UR Rao Satellite Center (URSC) here.

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