Union minister Jitendra Singh on Monday discussed with Brazilian Science, Technology and Innovation minister Marcos Pontes ways to further explore space cooperation between the two countries, including India’s support in procurement of material and systems for Brazil’s launch vehicle programme, a statement said.
Cooperation possibilities in future space science missions, utilising ISRO’s PS4 orbital platform, space weather studies were also discussed in the virtual meeting, it added.
The meeting took place a day after the successful launch of Amazonia-1 satellite of Brazil by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday.
“The collaboration between the two countries mark a beginning of robust bonding and is a role model for other countries to follow,” Singh said, adding that the launch also marked the first dedicated mission of ISRO’s commercial arm NewSpace India Ltd. (NSIL).
Singh, who is incharge of the Department of Space, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided a special impetus in the last 5-6 years to all the scientific pursuits, including space technology, and extended its applications to different sectors and areas bringing ‘Ease of living’ for common man.
He said whether it is railways or smart cities, agriculture or disaster management, highways or defence, space technology is contributing to it in a big way.