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Cabinet approves ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow
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Cabinet approves ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow

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New Delhi, Jul 31: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of ISRO Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) at Moscow, Russia.The Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An average annual expenditure of about Rs 1.50 crore per annum is anticipated to be incurred at ITLU in Moscow, Russia towards salary, office expenses, rent, taxes etc. The ISRO ITLU at Moscow will enable effective technical coordination for timely interventions on diversified matters with Russia and neighbouring countries for realization of the programmatic targets of ISRO.

The Liaison Officer, deputed at ITLU from ISRO provides technical information about the developments in research and technology and inputs arising from their meetings with researchers, government agencies and industries in the respective countries.  They also support the ongoing bilateral programmes of cooperation in space technology and act on behalf of ISRO on the matters referred.ISRO will be able to collaborate with Space agencies/industries in Russia and neighbouring countries for mutually synergetic outcomes.

ISRO's Gaganyaan programme requires development of some of the key technologies and establishment of specialised facilities, which are essential to support life in space. Keeping in view the August 15, 2022 timeline for realisation of the Gaganyaan human space programme, it is prudent to avail technical cooperation from International space agencies, who have already demonstrated their technical capabilities in specific areas. Russia, being one of the space faring nations, it is envisaged to collaborate with Russia extensively in various fields of relevance.

The ITLU Moscow office would be managed by an ISRO Scientist/Engineer designated as 'Counsellor (Space)' on deputation, deputed from ISRO and supported by a staff locally sourced. The process is planned to be completed within six months from the date of approval.The Cabinet also has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Bolivia on Cooperation in the 'Exploration and Uses of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes'.

The MoU was signed between the ISRO and the Bolivian Space Agency on March 29,2019 at Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia during the visit of President of India to Bolivia.This MoU will enable the potential interest areas of cooperation such as, space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth; satellite communication and satellite based navigation; Space science and planetary exploration; use of spacecraft and space systems and ground system; and application of space technology.

This MoU would lead to setup a Joint Working Group, drawing members from ISRO and the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE), which will further work out the plan of action including the time-frame and the means of implementing this MoU.The 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 planetary exploration. UNI