The Union Cabinet on 14 December 2016 approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and United States Geological Survey (USGS) for Cooperation in the use of US Land Remote Sensing Satellite Data.
This MoU is aimed at enabling ISRO to receive USGS's Landsat-7 & 8 in India. On the other hand, USGS will receive ISRO’s Resourcesat-2 data of US region.
ISRO has always been pursuing space cooperation actively with many organisations of United States including National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
ISRO first received the Landsat data during 1984 to 2001 through its ground station at Shadnagar. Data from Landsat series of satellites that are operated by USGS was used by Indian scientists during the foundation of Indian remote sensing programme.
Consequently, when the USGS launched Landsat -8 satellite in February 2013, ISRO expressed its interest in direct reception of the Landsat-8 data in India. While in return, USGS expressed interest in obtaining data from ISRO's RESOURCESAT-2 satellite.
Who: Union Cabinet
When: 14 December 2016