Govt gives nod to MoU between India, Finland in peaceful uses of outer space



The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for MoU between India and Finland on cooperation in the field of peaceful uses of outer space. The agreement was signed on January 10 in the national capital.

The signed MoU will provide impetus to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication, satellite navigation, space science and exploration of outer space.

Cooperation with the Government of Finland would lead to developing a joint activity in the field of application of space technologies for the benefit of humanity.

The MoU shall enable the following potential interest areas of cooperation such as — Remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication and satellite-based navigation, space science and planetary exploration, development, testing and operation of space objects and ground system, launching of Finnish space objects by Indian launch vehicles, processing and use of space data, developing innovative applications and solutions based on space technologies and use of artificial intelligence, and cooperation around emerging new space opportunities and data ecosystems and sustainable used of outer space.

Under the MoU, the participants or upon their authority, the implementing agencies, may set up project teams if necessary, to manage specific cooperative projects taken up under implementing arrangements.

The participants will each nominate a coordinator for the purpose of coordinating cooperative activities under the agreement. In order to facilitate its implementation, the participants could meet on mutual decision alternately in India or in Finland or through videoconference.

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