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Israel and India signed an agreement for cooperation in the field of space

Amnon Barzilai

The countries may cooperate in placing an Israeli-developed telescope on an Indian satellite, in order to locate celestial bodies

Israel and India signed a space cooperation agreement last week. The agreement was signed in Bangalore between the head of the Israeli Space Agency, Col. (Ret.) Avi Har Even, and the Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Dr. Kasturirangan and in the presence of Israel's Ambassador to India, David Afek.

The retiring Minister of Science, Culture and Sports, Matan Vilnai, who promoted the signing of the agreement, said that the signing has far-reaching consequences for both countries: "The cooperation will contribute to both countries regarding the development and promotion of science and space exploration," he said.

India is considered one of the most advanced countries in the world in the field of space, and its annual budget in this field is about half a billion dollars (compared to Israel's space budget, about 70 million dollars). In the talks between the representatives of the countries, it was proposed to place a telescope developed by Alup on a communication satellite developed by India. The satellite, which will be launched in about two years, will be placed at an altitude of 36 thousand km above the earth, and will search for celestial bodies.

The talks and discussions to sign the agreement with India lasted about seven years, since Benny Begin's tenure as Minister of Science. Israel has agreements in the field of space with the United States, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Ukraine, as well as a memorandum of understanding in this field with Russia.

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