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Azerbaijan Adopts Primary Space Legislation

Azerbaijan enacts space legislation

Ibadan, 29 August 2023. – Azerbaijan has adopted the Law on Space Activities on 4 August 2023, consequently developing its national space legislature. It comprises six chapters and 24 articles and regulates the legal, economic and organizational bases of space activity in Azerbaijan. In addition to relations for implementing national activities in space and entrepreneurial activities in the space industry, the document concludes with a thorough analysis of safety in space activities and the space industry.

The adoption will provide the legal basis for maintaining the registry of space objects at the national and international levels. The space law will also provide the basis for certifying space systems, controlling the reliable management of space objects, managing the radio spectrum serving space activities and guaranteeing the environmental protection and safety of space activity.

Azerbaijan Space Law’s drafters aimed to benchmark it against international documents in its field. As a result, they have compared them to other international efforts in the same sector. Furthermore, it lays out a project that is both thorough and short, satisfying all requirements for legislation that is intended to be motivating rather than restricting and acting as a guide for expanding space activities in Azerbaijan.

Samaddin Asadov, Chairman of the Board of Azerbaijan Space Agency – Azercosmos, commented, “In the global legal landscape of Space, Azerbaijan is among the few countries that unveiled its Space law recently. Our national Space Law is vital to promote and spread the benefits of space technology in our country, as well as enhance mutual understanding and trust.”

Azerbaijan has been a party to the Treaty on the Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, since 2013.

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