Isro, Arianespace, CNes complete 25 years of cooperation

MUMBAI: European satellite launch firm Arianespace has announced that exactly 25 years ago (19 June 1981), Europe's Ariane launcher orbited the Indian experimental satellite Apple, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).

Since then, Arianespace, Isro and the French space agency CNes have developed a space partnership, forging commercial, government and industrial alliances. 

Within the scope of this cooperation, Isro and Arianespace have signed 13 launch contracts to date. Since the first launch in June 1981, eleven other satellites have been successfully launched by Ariane rockets from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. Arianespace also has a 13th satellite in its order book, Insat 4B, scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2007.

In March 2004, Arianespace signed a collaboration agreement with Antrix, the company that markets Indian launch vehicles. Since then Arianespace has offered India's PSLV and GSLV launchers, most notably as backup for small satellites which Arianespace's own family of launchers cannot handle.

Arianespace recently signed a launch service contract for European operator Eutelsat's W2M satellite. W2M will be built by a new consortium of Antrix and Astrium Satellites, which proposes a satellite platform built by Isro equipped with a payload supplied by Astrium Satellites.

The collaboration between the Indian and French space agencies kicked off in 1972 with the signature of a bipartite agreement, followed in 1993 by a more general framework agreement. Isro and CNes have teamed up on major projects over the years, most notably in Earth Observation, with the Megha-Tropiques mission, and in telemedicine.

Today, new collaborations are being studied in oceanography, data collection and radio communications, and will enable the two agencies and their teams to further strengthen their relationship.

Latest Reads
ISRO eyes 100th satellite on 12 Jan; GSAT-11 launch in April

NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its 100th satellite along with 30 others, including those from other countries, in a single mission on 12 January 2018 from Sriharikota It will be a milestone event in the country's space history even as communications satellite...

Satellites Satellite Launches
Middle eastern audiences crave premium Arabic content: CABSAT 2018

MUMBAI: Demand for high quality Arabic content in the region has increased by almost 40% between 2011-2016, while western drama’s share of viewing decreased by an average of 55%, creating opportunities for regional producers to dominate the airwaves and secure their share of the market. According...

Satellites Satellite Operators
CASBAA lauds India; calls for more broadcast, satellite reforms

NEW DELHI: Asian pay TV industry organisation CASBAA, while applauding the Indian government for ease of doing business, exhorted policy makers to further streamline norms relating to the broadcast and satellite industries as it led to procedural delays impacting business.

Satellites Satellite Operators
Govt assures ease in licensing norms to TV channels, satellite operators

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Communications (MoC) yesterday, while allaying concerns of the broadcast and satcom industries, assured that the government would further ease norms for doing business in India and that processes were underway for implementation soon to do away with multiple permissions...

Satellites Satellite Operators
ISRO to double annual satellite launch

NEW DELHI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) plans to increase its satellite capacity by upping launches from next year to keep pace with demands from users and is also releasing request for proposals (RFP) for 30 satellites, top Indian government officials said.

Satellites Satellite Launches
Intelsat signs distribution contract with Indian teleport operator

MUMBAI: Intelsat S.A., an operator of the globalised network and leader in integrated satellite communications, and LAMHAS, a teleport operator in India, have announced a multi-year agreement for satellite services supporting media distribution in India via the Intelsat 20 satellite.

Satellites Teleports
Private sector enters satellite building with 'IRNSS replacement' launch today

MUMBAI: India's success in space exploration has been growing tremendously. One of the seven satellites in the constellation, as three rubidium atomic clocks on board had stopped functioning, the IRNSS- 1H satellite, weighing 1,425kg, will be launched from the second launch pad of the Satish...

Satellites Satellite Launches
AsiaSat 5 & Eurovision to deliver Taipei event in 4K & HD from 19 Aug

MUMBAI: Eurovision Media Services, in collaboration with its long-term satellite partner, Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), will use AsiaSat 5 to deliver the Taipei 2017 Universiade across the Asia Pacific.

Satellites Satellite Operators
15 operational sats for communication, 26 under development

NEW DELHI: Fifteen of the 42 currently operational satellites are being utilised to meet the requirements of the communication industry, the minister of state in the department of space Jitendra Singh has said. Singh told the Parliament that the operational satellites in orbit comprise 18 earth...

Satellites Satellite Operators

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories