The two countries are, step by step, strengthening their collaboration on space

India and Japan on Tuesday held the second Space Dialogue in a virtual mode and both sides exchanged information on their respective space policies and priorities.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the two sides also exchanged information on international developments in space domain including space security, space situational awareness and global navigation satellite systems.

During the space dialogue, the two sides discussed bilateral cooperation between ISRO-JAXA, space industries and technology trade.

At the Dialogue, while the Indian delegation was co-led by Joint Secretary, Disarmament and International Security Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Scientific Secretary, ISRO, the Japanese delegation was co-led by Deputy Assistant Minister, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Policy Planning & International Security Policy) and Director General, National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office.

Earlier, ISRO and JAXA signed an Implementing Arrangement for collaborative activities on rice crop area and air quality monitoring using satellite data.

The two sides are already working on a joint lunar polar exploration (LUPEX) mission and the two space agencies have been working on the mission that aims to send a lander and rover to the Moon’s South Pole around 2024.

India and Japan held their first Space Dialogue in March 2019.

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