India offers to share satellite data with ASEAN countries



India offers to share satellite data with ASEAN countries Cha-Am Hua Hin (Thailand): India today offered to help Southeast Asian nations in management of natural disasters by sharing satellite data for the region and launch small satellites built by them.

"We would be ready to share satellite data for management of natural disasters, launch small satellites and scientific instruments and payloads for experiments in remote sensing and communication for space agencies and academic institutions in ASEAN countries," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here.

He was addressing the Seventh India-ASEAN Summit in this scenic Thai beach resort town with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The Indian Space Research Centre (ISRO) has one of the largest constellation of advanced remote sensing satellites in the world which orbit the earth at regular intervals.

Images of the earth received from these satellites can be utilised for disaster management initiatives in the ASEAN region, parts of which are prone to cyclones and earthquakes.

In addition, the Prime Minister said, India would be happy to participate in projects under the ASEAN's Work Plan for 2010-15 in areas such as education, energy, agriculture and forestry, and small and medium enterprises.

Bureau Report