50 Years of Space Co-operation – joint stamp issue by Indian and French Post
To celebrate 50 years of space cooperation between CNES and ISRO, India Post and La Poste, France have issued a set of two commemorative stamps the SARAL/AltiKa and Megha-Tropiques satellites. Joint issue of set of two stamps was released by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on 10th April 2015 at the Elysee Palace, Paris.
France and India view each other as important partners in space technology and applications. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its French counterpart Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have a rich history of cooperation and collaboration spanning about five decades.
The first French-Indian space cooperation agreement was signed in May 1964 covered licenses to build Belier and Centaure sounding rockets in India, with the accompanying transfer of solid-propulsion technologies. The latest bilateral meeting between the chief of space agencies of France and India was held on 21st November 2014 at Bangalore.