The VIRAL (Venus Infrared Atmospheric Gases Linker) instrument co-developed with the Russian government space agency Roscosmos and the LATMOS atmospheres, environments and space observations lab connected to CNRS has been chosen by the ISRO after a request for proposal, it said in an announcement.
ISRO chief K Sivan and CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall held talks and audited the regions driving participation among France and India in space. “In the domain of space exploration, France will be taking part in ISRO’s mission to Venus, scheduled to launch in 2025.
CNES will coordinate and prepare the French contribution, the first time a French payload will be flown on an Indian exploration mission,” CNES said in a statement.
After the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan) and Moon missions Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan-2, ISRO has focused on Venus for carrying its inter-planetary mission.
France and India share a powerful partnership in field of the space. It is one of the three countries with whom India teams up in the vital sectors of nuclear, space and defence, the other two being the US and Russia. In March 2018, the two nations additionally issued a ‘Joint Vision for Space Cooperation’.
India and France are likewise working on ISRO’s human space mission Gaganyaan, which intends to send three Indians to space by 2022. Since September 2018, CNES and ISRO have set up a working group focused on participation in the field of human spaceflight, CNES stated.
“The two nations are pooling their expertise, notably in the domains of space medicine, astronaut health monitoring and life support. Initial exchanges have concentrated on training for India’s flight physicians and technical teams and the supply of CNES flight systems,” it included.