The Indo-Russian space co-operation agreement has
received the final clearance with the Federation Council,
the upper chamber of Russian Federal Assembly, ratifying
the treaty by a unanimous vote. This clears the way for
joint space exploration and transfer of space technology
Duma, the lower house of Russian parliament, had ratified
the agreement on October 20.
draft Indo-Russian space cooperation agreement, signed
in New Delhi during President Vladimir Putin's visit in
December 2004, lays down a mechanism for enhanced cooperation
in peaceful exploration of space, including the protection
of secret information and intellectual property rights
and settling disputes.
signed into law, the accord would speed up collaboration
in the Global Navigational Satellite System (GLONASS),
the alternative to the Pentagon-controlled US Global Positioning
System (GPS), sources at Russian Federal Space Agency
the GLONASS agreement, Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO) will launch Russian navigational satellites Glonass-M
using Indian space launch vehicles and jointly develop
with Russia a new generation navigational satellite Glonass-K.
defence ministry is also believed to have agreed to give
India access to GLONASS's military segment, used for guidance
of smart weapons