National Space Law

 

The present collection of laws and regulations, relating to the exploration and use of outer space, is based on submissions made by States. The texts are reproduced in the form and in the language(s) in which they were received from the States and were not formally edited and/or translated by the United Nations.

Disclaimer: Reference to the external websites below does not imply endorsement by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) of their contents. Any views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of UNOOSA. The hyperlinks are provided solely for informational purposes.

 

Argentina

  • National Decree No. 995/91, Creation of the National Commission on Space Activities (28 May 1991)
  • National Decree No. 125/95, Establishment of the National Registry of Objects Launched into Outer Space (25 July 1995)

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Australia

  • Space Activities Act 1998 (No. 123, 1998) (as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 8 of 2010)
  • Space Activities Regulations 2001

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Austria

  • Authorization of Space Activities and the Establishment of a National Space Registry (Austrian Outer Space Act)
  • Regulation of the Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology in Implementation of the Federal Law on the Authorisation of Space Activities and the Establishment of a National Space Registry (Outer Space Regulation BGBl. II No. 36/2015)

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Belgium

  • Law on the Activities of Launching, Flight Operations or Guidance of Space Objects

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Brazil

  • Law No. 8.854 of 10 February 1994, Law Establishing the Brazilian Space Agency

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Canada

  • Canadian Space Agency Act
  • Canadian Aviation Regulations: sections 602.43 and 602.44
  • Civil International Space Station Agreement Implementation Act (S.C. 1999, c. 35)
  • Remote Sensing Space Systems Act (S.C. 2005, c. 45)
  • Remote Sensing Space Systems Regulations (SOR/2007-66)
  • Radiocommunication Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. R-2)

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Chile

  • Supreme Decree No. 338: Establishment of a Presidential Advisory Committee known as the Chilean Space Agency

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China

  • China's Space Activities (White Paper of 2016)

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Denmark

  • The Danish Outer Space Act (act no.409 of 11 May 2016)
  • The Danish Executive Order on requirements in connection with approval of activities in outer space, etc.  
  • The Danish Outer Space Act - scope of application 

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Finland

  • Act on Space Activities (63/2018)
  • Decree of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment on Space Activities (74/2018)

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France

  • Decree 62-153, Regulations Relating to the CNES
  • Law No. 61-1382, 20 December 1961 Statute of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) 
  • Decree 2009-1657, concerning the Space Committee 

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Germany

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Japan

  • Law Concerning The National Space Development Agency Of Japan (Law No. 50 of June 23, 1969, as amended)  
  • Basic Space Law
  • Act concerning Launch and Control of Satellites
  • Enforcement Order of the Act concerning the Launch and Control of Satellites
  • Regulation for Enforcement of the Act concerning the Launch and Control of Satellites
  • Act concerning Adequate Handling of Satellite Remote Sensing Data
  • Enforcement Order of the Act concerning Ensuring Adequate Handing of Satellite Remote Sensing Data
  • Regulation for Enforcement of the Act concerning Ensuring Adequate Handing of Satellites Remote Sensing Data

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Kazakhstan

  • Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Space Activities (No.528-IV of 6 January 2012)

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Luxembourg

  • Law of 27 July 1991 on Electronic Media
  • Law of July 20th 2017 on the exploration and use of space resources

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Netherlands

  • Rules Concerning Space Activities and the Establishment of a Registry of Space Objects (Space Activities Act)
  • Decree of 13 November 2007, containing rules with regard to a registry of information concerning space objects (Space Objects Registry Decree)
  • Order of the Minister of Economic Affairs dated 7 February 2008, no. WJZ 7119929, containing rules governing licence applications for the performance of space activities and the registration of space objects
  • Form for registration of space objects (Annex 1 by article 4 of the "  Regeling aanvraag vergunning ruimtevaartactiviteiten en registratie")
  • Order of the Minister of Economic Affairs dated 16 April 2010, no. WJZ/10020347, containing amendments to rules governing licence applications for the performance of space activities and the registration of space objects
  • Decree of 19 January 2015 expanding the scope of the Space Activities Act to include the control of unguided satellites (Unguided Satellites Decree)
  • Order by the Minister of Economic Affairs of 26 June 2015, no. WJZ/15055654, amending the Space Activities Licence Application and Registration Order, in connection with changes to the application form

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Nigeria

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Norway

  • No. 38, 13 June 1969, Act on Launching Objects from Norwegian Territory into Outer Space

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Philippines

  • Republic Act No. 11363: An Act Establishing the Philippine Space Development and Utilization Policy and Creating the Philippine Space Agency, and for Other Purposes (Philippine Space Act)

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Republic of Korea

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Russian Federation

  • Decree 5663-1 About Space Activity
  • Presidential Edict No. 185, About structure of management of space activity in Russian Federation (25 February 1992)
  • Russian Presidential Edict No 2005: "On the Organization of the Further Utilization of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Interests of the Russian Federation's Space Activity
  • No 104 - Statute on Licensing Space Operations
  • Decree No 422, "On Measures to Fulfil the Russian Federal Space Program and International Space Agreements"
  • Resolution No. 468, Regulations of the Russian Space Agency
  • Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Technology Safeguards Associated with Cooperation in the Field of the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes and in the Development and Operation of Space Rocket and Rocket Equipment

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South African

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Spain

  • ROYAL DECREE 278/1995, dated 24th February 1995, establishing in the Kingdom of Spain of the Registry foreseen in the Convention adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 2nd November 1974

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Sweden

 

  • Act on Space Activities (1982:963)
  • Decree on Space Activities (1982:1069)

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Ukraine

  • Decree of the President of Ukraine on the establishment of the National Space Agency of Ukraine (29 February 1992, No. 117)
  • Law of Ukraine of 15 November 1996: Ordinance of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine on Space Activity: Section I: General Provisions
  • Law of Ukraine of 15 November 1996: Ordinance of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine on Space Activity: Section II: Organization of Space Activity
  • Law of Ukraine of 15 November 1996: Ordinance of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine on Space Activity: Section III: General Requirements Imposed on Space Facilities
  • Law of Ukraine of 15 November 1996: Ordinance of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine on Space Activity: Section IV & Section V
  • Law of Ukraine of 15 November 1996: Ordinance of the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine on Space Activity: Section VI & VII
  • Decree of the President of Ukraine on Regulations for the National Space Agency of Ukraine (22 July 1997, No. 665/97)
  • Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Technology Safeguards Associated with Cooperation in the Field of the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes and in the Development and Operation of Space Rocket and Rocket Equipment

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland

  • OUTER SPACE ACT (United Kingdom, 1986)

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United States of America

  • United States Code, Title 42 (The Public Health and Welfare), Chapter 26 (National Space Program)
    • English version (external link) [  link unavailable]
  • 15 USC Chapter 82, Land Remote Sensing Policy
    • English version (external link) [  link unavailable]
  • United States Code, Title 51 ( National and Commercial Space Programs )
  • 35 USC Chapter 10, Sect. 105, Inventions in outer space
  • National Aeronautics and Space Act, (Pub. L. No. 85-568), as amended
  • Commercial Space Act, 1998
    • English version (external link) [  link unavailable]

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