The Indian Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of an MoU signed between India represented by ISRO and Oman represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) on cooperation in the peaceful use of outer space, in February, 2018 at Muscat, stated a press brief from the Indian government.
The MoU will enable cooperation in areas such as space science, technology and applications including remote sensing of the earth, satellite-based navigation, space science and planetary exploration, use of spacecraft and space systems and ground system, and application of space technology.
The MoU will lead to the setting up of a Joint Working Group, drawing members from (Department of Space) DoS/ISRO, and MoTC, which will further work out a plan of action including the time-frame and the means of implementing the MoU. “It will provide impetus to explore newer research activities and application possibilities in the field of remote sensing of the earth, satellite navigation, space science and exploration of outer space,” stated the release.
Oman had earlier expressed interest to cooperate with ISRO for building its space programme. A four-member delegation from Oman visited ISRO in March 2011 and interacted with its officials and also visited the organisation’s technical facilities. Oman conveyed its interest in cooperation on a space programme with ISRO to the Ambassador of India to Oman in May 2016.
Accordingly, both sides arrived at a mutually agreed version of the MoU for the peaceful use of outer space and the same was signed between India and Oman earlier this year.