Both India and France are working on the ‘Third Joint Satellite Mission‘ at the time when the bilateral space collaboration is entering into multiple domains even in the human spaceflight programme.

Several French space companies are interested to tap into the opportunities provided by the recent reforms in the space sector by the government. France is also the largest partner of India in Space Sector. Indian Space Research Organisation highlighted that, ISRO and French space agency Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) have worked on the two joint missions namely the ‘Megha-Tropiques’ which was launched in 2011 and the ‘SARAL-Altika’ which was launched in 2013.

Space Agencies ISRO-CNES

Countries officials also highlighted that, the ISRO and CNES have completed the feasibility study in order to realise earth observation satellite mission with the help of thermal infrared imager called “Thermal infraRed Imaging Satellite for High resolution Natural resource Assessment (TRISHNA)”. Now both the space agencies are working to finalise an implementing arrangement for the joint development. India is also working with the France on joint experiments & accommodation of the scientific instruments with respect to the space missions. ISRO and CNES have also finalised all the interface control documents to accommodate the ‘ARGOS’ instrument of CNES in the OCEANSAT-3 satellite of ISRO.


It is a satellite-based system which is involved in the collecting, processing and disseminating the environmental data from a fixed and a mobile platform worldwide. It also helps in the data collection by the satellite. This makes the Argos more useful in geographically locating the data source from any location on the Earth using the Doppler effect. ARGOS was established in 1978. They have provided the data for the environmental research and protection of communities.


Indian Space Research Organisation spacecraft Oceansat-3 is being developed in order to provide the service continuity for the operational users of Ocean Colour Monitor data from Oceansat 2. It also seeks to enhance the application potential in other areas. Oceansat 2 is a global mission which has been configured to cover the global oceans and to provide a continuity of ocean colour data. The mission seeks to provide the continuity of ocean colour data along with the improvements to enhance the operational services such as potential fishery zone and the primary productivity.

India and France working on Third Joint Space Mission