The Union Cabinet on 18 January 2017 approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation in the field of outer space.
The MoU was signed by both the sides on 11 November 2016 at Tokyo, Japan.
Highlights of the MoU
• It aims to pursue future cooperative activities in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable in each country.
• It provides scope for pursuing cooperation in diverse areas of space science technology and applications- earth observation, satellite communication, navigation; Research and development and Space industry promotion.
• ISRO and JAXA will bear the costs of their respective activities.
• The funding procedures along with availability of appropriated funds will define the relevant Implementation Arrangement to fulfil the respective roles and activities of ISRO and JAXA.
• It will lead to joint activity in the field of application of space technologies for the benefit of humanity.
• Mostly, all the sections and regions of the country will get benefited through this MoU.
India and Japan have been pursuing space cooperation for more than 5 decades and have been carrying out studies in the field of atmospheric study, observations on universe and scientific investigation in remote sensing.
JAXA was formed in 2003 and since then both the sides have been working on potential future cooperation in the field of outer space. Both the sides have also signed cooperative documents for lunar exploration, satellite navigation and Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF).
During the ISRO-JAXA bilateral meeting which was held in New Delhi in April 2016, both sides stressed the need for updating the contents of '2005 Arrangement' with enhanced scope of cooperation.
When: 18 January 2017