India and France are soon set to launch a space security dialogue. One of the major highlights of the dialogue will be protecting space assets like satellites.
The space industry is one upcoming sector that will be a parameter for global powers. The idea to launch such a dialogue was discussed during French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian’s India visit in April and the visit of the head of France’s newly created space command Michel Friedling happened in March.
France’s first establishment with any country in Asia
Aster X was the space military exercise conducted by France. The exercise was the first-ever in Europe in which American and Germany took part. But a space dialogue with India will be the first establishment of France in Asia in the space security sector.
Space security is being seen as the new tool of militarisation and would come in handy in near future. So several countries are building over it and the India France space Security dialogue can be the first stepping stone for the nation in this direction.
The number of satellites in space as of 2019 is 2000 which is for communication and other purposes. USA has established its space force and several countries including India along with Russia, China has anti-satellite weapons for future needs.
Since the 1960s, India and France have had a rich history of cooperation in the field of space since the 1960s with the construction of the Sriharikota launch-pad where France technical assistance. ‘India-France Joint Vision for Space Cooperation’ was issued during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to India in 2018.
India France space relations
France and India have strong space cooperation which helps to meet new challenges together like planetary exploration or human spaceflight. France is assisting India in medical support for Indian astronauts and their ongoing training, who will be part of India’s manned space mission by 2022.
India-France hailed the launch of a Space Climate Observatory that further enhances thier cooperation on combating climate change, besides the TRISHNA joint mission and accommodating Argos in Oceansat 3.