Israel and India sign three new space agreements


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The new colonial movement: India and Israel have inked three new development agreements between their different government space agencies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic visit to Israel has deepened cooperation in space technology between the two countries as the two sides on Wednesday signed three agreements relating to space. The first memorandum of understanding was between Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and Israel Space Agency for cooperation in electric propulsion for small satellites, second was on cooperation in GEO-LEO optical links and third pact was on cooperation in atomic clocks (which are satellite components meant to provide precise locational data).

The third agreement is especially interesting. It indicates that India no longer wants to work with the German company that built its most recent GPS satellites because that company’s atomic clocks all had problems. Unlike the ESA, India has decided that such failures should not be rewarded with more work.

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  • Dick Eagleson

    The linked article correctly points out that this latest round of Indo-Israeli space cooperation is part of a long-standing relationship. Given the problems both nations have historically had with radical Islam, such cooperation makes excellent strategic sense. Given the problems – though dissimilar – both nations have had with Europe in recent years simply broadens and deepens the basis for cooperation. This is a classic win-win situation. May it continue and grow.

  • ken anthony

    Dick, if you keep brilliantly saying it all you leave nothing for the rest of us!

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