The Union Cabinet
chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of
the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on November 11, 2016 at
Tokyo, Japan between the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and
the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation in the
field of outer space.
The purpose of this MoU is to pursue future cooperative activities in
the exploration and use of outer space exclusively for peaceful purposes
in accordance with the laws and regulations applicable in each country
and their international obligations.
This MoU provides scope for pursuing cooperation in various areas of
space science technology and applications including: eearth observation,
satellite communication and navigation; exploration and space sciences;
Research and development (space systems and space technology); and Space
ISRO and JAXA will bear the costs of their respective activities under
this Memorandum, unless they decide otherwise in writing. Ability to
fulfil their respective roles and activities under this Memorandum and
its relevant separate Implementation Arrangement is subject to their
respective funding procedures, the availability of appropriated funds
and their respective national laws.
Framework MoU would lead to joint activity in the field of application
of space technologies for the benefit of humanity. Thus all sections and
regions of the country will get benefited.
India and Japan pursue space cooperation for more than 5 decades and
carried out studies in the field of atmospheric study, observation of
universe and scientific investigation in remote sensing. With the
formation of JAXA in 2003, an "arrangement concerning the considerations
of potential future cooperation in the field of outer space" was signed
in October 2005 between ISRO/ Department of Space (DOS) and JAXA.
Subsequently both agencies have signed cooperative documents addressing
lunar exploration, satellite navigation, X-ray astronomy and Asia
Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF).
During the ISRO-JAXA bilateral meeting held at New Delhi on April 05,
2016, both sides stressed the need for updating the contents of '2005
Arrangement' with enhanced scope of cooperation. Accordingly, both sides
have arrived at the draft of new 'Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between ISRO and JAXA concerning cooperation in the field of outer
space’ and got it signed on November 11, 2016 at Tokyo during the visit
of Prime Minister of India to Japan.