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UK – EU Transition, and UK Civil Aviation Regulations

To access current UK civil aviation regulations, including AMC and GM, CAA regulatory documents, please use this link to UK Regulation. Please note, if you use information and guidance under the Headings below, the references to EU regulations or EU websites in our guidance will not be an accurate information or description of your obligations under UK law. These pages are undergoing reviews and updates.

There are three main legal instruments in the UK that cover spaceflight activities.

1. The Outer Space Act 1986 (OSA) plus the amendments made to the OSA by the Deregulation Act 2015 applies to UK nationals and UK companies intending to launch or procure the launch of a space object, or operate a space object outside the UK.

2. The Space Industry Act 2018 (SIA) applies to anyone intending to carry out space activities, sub-orbital activities, and associated activities in the UK. Several statutory instruments have been made under the SIA.

3. The Air Navigation Order applies to anyone intending to carry the launch of a vehicle in the UK that is not capable of operating above the stratosphere (circa 50km altitude).

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