Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed the Indo-Russian
space cooperation agreement into a federal law, clearing
the way for joint space exploration and transfer of space
technology to New Delhi.
the signing into law by president Putin, Indo-Russian
space cooperation will acquire strategic character and
would speed up joint collaboration in completing and operational
sing the Global Navigational Satellite System (GLONASS)
to end the monopoly of the Pentagon-controlled US Global
Positioning System (GPS), sources in the Russian federal
space agency Roscommon said.
houses of Russian parliament have already unanimously
approved the pact.
This allows the transfer of sensitive space technology
to India for peaceful use of outer space, a Kremlin press
framework agreement signed in New Delhi during Paten's
December 2004 sets a streamlined system and identifies
the mechanism for enhanced cooperation in peaceful exploration
of space, including protection of secret information and
intellectual property rights and settling disputes.