CNES to support India’s Human Spaceflight programme
Bangalore, January 24, 2020
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was the guest of honour at the international Human Spaceflight Symposium organized in Bangalore, India, by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Astronautical Society of India (ASI).
On this occasion, he called for cooperation between France and India in human spaceflight to be pursued in the long term, with CNES’s support for the Gaganyaan missions as the first step towards future collaboration on the development of India’s planned space station.
In his speech, Jean-Yves Le Gall underlined that France has acquired over 40 years of experience in human spaceflight and developed highly sophisticated facilities in this field in Toulouse, such as the CADMOS centre for the development of microgravity applications and space operations and the MEDES space medicine and physiology institute, backed by world-renowned French expertise in space medicine. CNES and its industry partners have gained extensive expertise through resupply flights to the International Space Station (ISS) of the European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) and from several long-duration space missions such as the flight of France’s ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
CNES and ISRO’s teams have also finalized drafting of the agreement to provide services at CADMOS, at MEDES in collaboration with ESA’s European Astronaut Centre (EAC) and potentially at Novespace to conduct experiments and training on parabolic flights aboard the Air Zero G.