Florence, 15 May 1964
The Centre National dí Etudes Spatiales (CNES) acting on behalf of the French Government and the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)
of the Government of India affirm their intention to embark upon a programme of continuing cooperation in space research of mutual
interest for peaceful scientific purposes.
DAE has decided to manufacture in India, under licence, the Belier and Centaure types of sounding rockets developed by the French
firm Sub-Aviation; a contract to this effect is being negotiated.
CNES will supply to DAE four Centaure rockets with payloads for vapour cloud experiments to be carried out at the end of 1964. The
experiments will be carried out through the collaboration of Professor BLAMONT of the Aeronomy Laboratory of the Centre National
de la Research Scientifique (CNRS) with Dr. P.D. BHAVSAR of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.
CNES shall contribute to the equipment of the range, for which the patronage of the United Nations is being sought.
The two organisations shall encourage the exchange of scientists and engineers between the two countries. They shall also facilitate
admission of students in their respective universities and technical colleges.
The two organisations shall exchange scientific and technical information on the experiments performed under this cooperative programme.
For the Department of
Atomic Energy of the Government of India :
May l5th, 1964
For the Centre National dí Etudes Spatiales,
Government of France :
May l5th, 1964.