CSIR-NPL and ISRO sign MoU for time and frequency traceability services

CSIR-NPL and ISRO sign MoU for time and frequency traceability services

On August 4, 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed betweenthe Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Ministry of Science and Technology and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space , in New Delhi . Scientists of two premier scientific institutions, NPL and ISRO, have made great efforts in this direction

The MoU was signed by Shri V. V. Srinivasan, Director, ISTRAC on behalf of ISRO and Dr D K Aswal Director, NPL, on behalf of CSIR. The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh. The DG, CSIR, Dr Girish Sahni, and other senior officers from ISRO, CSIR and CSIR-NPL graced this important national event .The respected members of various media and press covered this occasion.

This agreement is very important for pan India. The scope of this MoU is the rendering by CSIR-NPL, of all the necessary actions, necessary to support the following:

  • Time and Frequency Traceability services from National Time Scale of CSIR-NPL to IRNWT-I and IRNWT-II of ISTRAC/ISRO through Two-way Satellite Time and Frequency Transfer (TWSTFT).
  • Time and Frequency Traceability services from National Time Scale of CSIR-NPL to IRNWT-I and IRNWT-II of ISTRAC/ISRO through GNSS CV.
  • Annual audit of IRNWT-I and IRNWT-II as per ISO/IEC 17025 for ensuring correctness and accuracy of the time traceability.

India’s indigenously developed global positioning system called NavIC, has been recently configured to synchronize its clocks to time provided by the CSIR-NPL. Till recently, the satellites on the NavIC managed by ISRO, relied on US based GPS system. The linking with CSIR-NPL will aid in high precision satellite based communication, precise guidance of missiles and navigation.

The MoU shall remain valid for a period of 5 years from the date of signing. Subsequently, the MoU will be renewed on mutual agreement between CSIR-NPL and ISTRAC/ISRO.

 

ISRO and NPL
From L to R-: Dr Girish Sahni DG, CSIR and Secretary DSIR, Dr D K Aswal Director, CSIR-NPL, Shri V. V. Srinivasan, Director, ISTRAC(ISRO), Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Honourable Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Dr. Jitendra Singh ,Honourable Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space  

 

ISRO and NPL

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