India and Mauritius have embarked on a collaborative venture to develop a joint small satellite, an initiative that was officially sanctioned by India’s Union Cabinet. This endeavor, involving the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC), is not just a singular project but a continuation of a long-standing partnership in space technology that dates back to the late 1980s. The project is budgeted at Rs 20 crore, funded by the Indian government, and is expected to be realized within 15 months. A key aspect of this collaboration is the utilization of MRIC’s Ground Station, which bolsters the project’s capabilities. The partnership is poised to invigorate Indian industries through involvement in subsystem creation, generating employment opportunities and enhancing technical competencies. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this project aligns with historical ties and anticipates mutual support for future space missions, reinforcing the strategic and technological bond between India and Mauritius.
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