India-UK 2030 Roadmap calls for strengthening space cooperation between the two countries for peaceful purposes

India and UK on Monday exchanged information on respective national space priorities, prospects for bilateral collaboration, and deliberations in international forums in the outer space domain.

This consultation was held with the participation of the Ministry of External Affairs and Department of Space/ISRO on the Indian side and the UK Space Agency, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on the UK side, said a MEA statement.

The 2030 Roadmap for India-UK future relations launched during India-UK Virtual Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on May 4 calls for setting up appropriate mechanisms to strengthen India-UK space cooperation for peaceful purposes in all areas of mutual interest including joint satellites, hosting of payloads, space technology applications, industry interactions and enhanced information sharing, addressing barriers to commerce and increasing bilateral trade in space goods and services.

It calls for developing an India-UK space cooperation framework including on global governance issues on outer space.

It calls for coordination in multilateral fora to safeguard Indian, UK, and global interests, recognising the importance of maintaining a safe, stable, secure and sustainable outer space environment.