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The Outer Space Act 1986 (OSA), alongside the Space Industry Act 2018 (SIA) transposes the obligations that the UN space treaties place on state parties into domestic UK legislation and establish the framework for licensing and regulation of activities.
The Outer Space Act is the basis for the regulation of activities in outer space carried out overseas by organisations or individuals established in the United Kingdom, or in one of its overseas territories or Crown dependencies. This Act does not apply to activities carried on in the United Kingdom (and accordingly does not apply to activities requiring authorisation under section 3(1) of the Space Industry Act 2018).
It confers licensing and other powers on the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, who acts through the UK Civil Aviation Authority and the UK Space Agency to exercise these powers.
The OSA seeks to:
An OSA licence is required for the following activities:
It is an offence for a person to whom the Act applies to carry out a licensable activity without a valid licence (OSA, s. 12).
The 1986 Act was amended in 2015, to introduce a limit to the operator’s indemnity to the UK Government for third-party claims brought against the UK. The Act has also been extended, through Orders in Council, to apply with modifications to Crown dependencies and overseas territories. Fees regulations have also been made under powers in the Act.
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