India and Russia today signed an MoU for setting up and utilising ground stations in each other’s territories to enhance the usefulness of their respective navigation satellite constellations of NavIC and GLONASS.
The two sides agreed to enhance their engagement in the field of space including cooperating within the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on Space.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the two countries have also agreed to set up a Science and Technology Commission.
It was also decided by Modi and President Vladimir Putin that the space agencies of India and Russia will “engage more actively” on space technology applications, launch vehicle, satellite navigation, space science and planetary exploration.
“The two sides agreed to have a consolidated approach, within the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on Space, to the preparation of the set of guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities and regulatory provisions on safety of space operations, as the most important component of the said document,” the joint statement said.