We’re very im­pressed with Chan­drayaan

India Today - - WINNING - by Gau­tam Datt

As Pres­i­dent of France’s space agency CNES (Cen­tre Na­tional d’Études Spa­tiales), JeanYves Le Gall has shared a close strate­gic part­ner­ship with the In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion (ISRO). A mem­ber of the Space Hall of Fame, Le Galle spoke about the rel­e­vance of space re­search for a de­vel­op­ing coun­try like In­dia and the fu­ture of Indo-French part­ner­ship.

Q. How do you rate In­dia’s space pro­gramme? A. We are very im­pressed par­tic­u­larly by the suc­cess of the Chan­drayaan moon mis­sion and the Mars Or­biter Mis­sion. Q. What role does space re­search play in di­rectly im­pact­ing people? A. It is play­ing a leading role in dis­as­ter man­age­ment, weather fore­cast­ing and broad­cast. It will con­tinue to oc­cupy a promi- nent po­si­tion as a medium to ad­dress is­sues which are crit­i­cal to us. Q. How can In­dia get an eco­nomic div­i­dend from its space pro­gramme? A. In­dia has reached ma­tu­rity in this do­main and is al­ready gear­ing up to of­fer new so­lu­tions, no­tably for the na­tions of the south­ern hemi­sphere. Q. What is the fu­ture of CNES-ISRO co­op­er­a­tion? A. We have been part­ners with ISRO right from the be­gin­ning. Our teams are al­ready work­ing to­gether on new projects that will be put on a for­mal foot­ing in the com­ing months. A joint work­ing group will chalk out the pro­gramme for 2014 chiefly in the ar­eas of cli­mate change and oceanog­ra­phy.

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CHAWLA

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