Third Indo-French satellite taking shape

India and France are working towards building the third Indo-French satellite for climate change studies, Mathieu J. Weiss, Counsellor (Space), Embassy of France in India, has said.

He was speaking to journalists after French Ambassador to India Francois Richier met Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K. Radhakrishnan here.

Mr. Weiss said the final shape of the project was to be announced by next March when Indian and French scientists would meet in France.

The new satellite, being built by the ISRO and the National Centre for Space Studies of France, would be meant for earth observation, he said. Discussions were under way for more than a year.

The first two satellites were launched in 2011 and 2013.