12.10.2011 - Launch of the First Indo-French Satellite, Statement by Alain Juppé, Ministre d’Etat, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs
I am delighted at the successful launch of the very first Indo-French satellite from the Indian space centre in Sriharikota this morning. This satellite, christened Megha-Tropiques, will help measure climatic phenomena in intertropical regions accurately, assess their impact on our planet’s climate and gain better understanding of the phenomenon of the monsoons, which directly affects billions of human beings.
The launch of this maiden Indo-French satellite is yet another illustration of the dynamism of Indo-French space cooperation. This joint success reflects the richness of the cooperation undertaken between the Centre national d’études spatiales (French National Centre for Space Studies - CNES) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It strengthens our shared ambitions in the field of the space as expressed by President Nicolas Sarkozy during his visit to ISRO, Bengaluru, in December 2010.
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