Cabinet approves MoU between India, South Africa on cooperation on uses of outer space for peaceful purposes


New Delhi. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Africa on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes.

The MoU was signed in Johannesburg on July 26.

The areas of cooperation under this MoU includes remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication and satellite-based navigation, space science and planetary exploration, use of spacecraft, launch vehicles, space systems and ground systems, practical applications of space technology including geospatial tools and techniques and other areas of cooperation to be determined by the Parties.

The Cooperation under the present agreement shall be carried out in the forms of:

Planning and implementation of joint space projects of mutual benefit and interest;

Establishment, operation and maintenance of ground stations for supporting space activities;

Sharing of satellite data, results of experiments, and scientific and technological information;

Joint research and developmental activities;

Exchange of technical and scientific personnel designated to participate in the cooperative programmes;

Capacity building in space science and technology, and space application programmes for societal purposes;

Organization of joint symposia, conferences and scientific meetings; and

Additional forms of cooperation will be determined in writing upon mutual consent between the Parties.

Signing of this MoU shall enable pursuing the potential areas of cooperation such as space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication and satellite-based navigation; space science and planetary exploration; use of spacecraft and space systems and ground systems; and application of space technology.