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Space law has its origins in the treaties and principles established by the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).
These are set out in the UN Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and in subsequent UN treaties, resolutions, and principles.
For regulators, the most salient points of the UN Space Treaties are:
States often aim to secure compliance with their international obligations by introducing national legislation and regulations. Typically, national legislation confers licensing or authorisation powers on the state.
The UK is a signatory to four UN space treaties, and takes seriously its international commitment to the safe, responsible, and sustainable use of space.
Before granting a licence for any operator type, the CAA must be satisfied that doing so is consistent with the international obligations of the United Kingdom.
The UK government is party to a number of international treaties and has entered into a several bilateral agreements with other states which may have an impact on space activities, these include:
Additionally, there are a number of international guidelines or best practice that the UK complies with
We recommend you discuss which international obligations may apply to your activities during pre-application engagement us.
Additionally, where your activities involve US technology, we recommend you familiarise yourself with the requirements on ‘Security provisions for the protection of US technology’ set out in the Space Industry Regulations 192 – 202 and the Regulator’s Licensing Rules before applying for a licence.
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