BUENOS AIRES, October 8. /TASS/. Russian state corporation Roscosmos and the Argentina National Space Activities Commission have signed a bilateral intergovernmental protocol on cooperation in space research and the use of space with peaceful aims. The ceremony took place at the Argentine Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
"The agreement is composed in such a way as to cover all areas of space activity," Roscosmos Deputy Director General Mikhail Khailov told reporters.
According to him, the agreement includes cooperation in the sphere of navigation, sounding of the Earth, research and development of space equipment and piloted spacecrafts.
According to Khailov, the agreement provides a legal base for further work on specific projects. The document will replace the previous bilateral agreement on cooperation in the space sphere inked in 1990.
The deputy chief noted that the new agreement includes articles on intellectual property and technology exchange, which did not exist in the previous one.
Russian space corporation Roscosmos and the Argentina National Space Activities Commission will exchange ideas for joint space projects in the near future, Roscosmos deputy director general stated.
"We have agreed to exchange letters on what we are interested in and what they are interested in in the near future," he told reporters after signing the intergovernmental protocol on cooperation in space research and the use of space with peaceful aims.
"In the near future, we will move to the practical sphere. I think the projects will be related to navigation, remote sounding of the Earth. The Argentine side is also keen on the handover of Russian technologies they need for developing the rocket and space industry," Khailov said.
Khailov added that Roscosmos would like to expand space cooperation with other countries in the region. "We are interested in developing navigation projects in Latin America to have good global coverage of all signals. One of our priorities is GLONASS, however, we are ready for dialogue in other areas," he added.