"India has not signed any agreement with China to develop remote-sensing satellites for disaster management and preparedness. "However, an MoU has been signed with China National Space Agency on cooperation," the minister said. Singh added that with Canada, ISRO is working on an Ultra Violet Imaging Telescope (UVIT) to be accommodated in India's ASTROSAT satellite. The minister said that in the next three years, ISRO intends to launch a multi-wavelength astronomy satellite -- ASTROSAT -- for studying the celestial sources over a wide spectral region covering Visible, Ultraviolet, Soft X-rays and Hard X-ray bands as also the Chandrayaan-2. "The Chandrayaan-2 mission will comprise an Indian Orbiter, Lander and Rover. The Orbiter with scientific payloads will orbit around the moon. The scientific payloads on board the Orbiter, Lander and Rover are expected to perform mineralogical and elemental studies of the lunar surface," Singh said.
He added that a scientific mission -- 'Aditya' -- to understand the physical processes that heat up the solar corona would be soon launched. India had on Sept. 24 created space history by successfully placing its low-cost Mars spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet in its very first attempt. India's Mars mission is the cheapest inter-planetary mission, costing a 10th of NASA's MAVEN.