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United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

The United Nations Office for outer Space (UNOOSA) is the United Nations office responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. It also serves as the secretariat for the General Assembly's only committee dealing exclusively with international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space: the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

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Declarations and Legal Principals

The Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Uses of Outer Space HTML: عربي  中文 English  Français Русский Españo

The Principles Governing the Use by States of Artificial Earth Satellites for International Direct Television Broadcasting HTMLعربي  中文 English  Français Русский  Español

The Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Outer Space HTML: عربي  中文 English  Français Русский  Español

The Principles Relevant to the Use of Nuclear Power Sources in Outer Space HTML: عربي   中文  English   Français  Русский   Español

The Declaration on International Cooperation in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space for the Benefit and in the Interest of All States, Taking into Particular Account the Needs of Developing Countries HTML: عربي   中文  English   Français  Русский   Español


General Assembly Resolutions

For a complete list of online General Assembly resolutions relating to outer space, click here.



In its resolution 61/110 ( عربي    中文  English   Français  Русский   Español ) of 14 December 2006 the United Nations General Assembly agreed to establish the "United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response - UN-SPIDER" as a new United Nations programme, with the following mission statement: "Ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle".

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Inventive Ideas for Micro/Nano-Satellites : The MIC3 Report - Rainer Sandau, et al. (eds.)
Call Number: OOSA 629.783-029:62 S263
ISBN: 9782917761380
Publication Date: 2015
This volume represents final papers from the third Mission Idea Contest for Micro/Nano Satellite Utilization (MIC3). The primary goal of MIC is to inspire new and innovative approaches to space exploration and exploitation. Prior to the 3rd contest, the Pre-workshop for the 3rd Mission Idea Contest was held in Tokyo, Japan in November 23, 2013 as a match-making event for potential satellite users and developers. After 1 year, MIC3 final presentations were organized in Kitakyushu, Japan in November 19, 2014. This book presents 14 of the best proposals from among those submitted.

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The Law of Unmanned Aircraft Systems - Benjamyn Scott
Call Number: 623.746-519 S368
ISBN: 9789041161260
Publication Date: 2016-05-25
An Introduction to the Current and Future Regulation under National, Regional and International Law and a collection of expert essays that provides a comprehensive overview of the areas of air law relevant to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The acceleration in the development and use of UAS across the world has rapidly spawned a patchwork of regulatory initiatives in the field. It is with the purpose of synthesizing and clarifying this diverse body of international, regional, and national law and of indicating trends and areas of concern that this extraordinary collection has been compiled. The authors, working in many different parts of the world, are all in some way affiliated with the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University as alumni, faculty members or students.

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European Autonomy in Space - Cenan Al-Ekabi (Editor)
Call Number: 341.229(4) [15-G058]
ISBN: 9783319111094
Publication Date: 2015-01-20
The volume provides analyses and evaluations of the continuing importance of Europe's autonomy in its access to space as a key driver in the development of European space capabilities. From a detailed historical analysis of some of the pitfalls of dependence in the space industry, experts analyse the full range of current European space capabilities and identify areas where autonomy is both possible and required, even in a situation of severe budgetary constraints. The contributions present a comprehensive overview of European efforts in a broad range of areas including energy, culture, science, and security; access to space, space applications, human spaceflight, security and space situational awareness, and strategic issues. They make a cogent strategic and economic case for policy makers to continue to bear in mind the importance of autonomous space capabilities, even in an interdependent globalised world.

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Russia in Space ; the past explained, the future explored / written and illustrated by Anatoly Zak. - Zak, Anatoly
Call Number: 629.7(470+571) Z35 [8903]
ISBN: 9781926837253
Publication Date: 2014
This is a unique attempt to visualise space exploration¹s future through the eyes of Russian space engineers and to describe that nation¹s plans in space. Based on actual documents, rather than on guesswork, it is the first comprehensive illustrated book dedicated to the Russian vision for the future of manned spaceflight from the dawn of manned spaceflight until today. Lavishly illustrated with images of unparalleled artistic quality and technical accuracy, the book: puts the development of the Russian manned spacecraft into political and historical context; uniquely describes the future of space exploration through the eyes of Russian space engineers and planners; introduces hitherto unrevealed systems developed for the Russian space program; describes past events and future plans in the historical context of the fall and rise of the Russian space program.

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Evidence from earth observation satellites : emerging legal issues - Edited by Ray Purdy, Denise Leung.
Call Number: 528.837:629.783 E95 [7149]
ISBN: 9789004194434
Publication Date: 2013
Satellite technologies are rapidly improving, offering increased opportunities for monitoring laws, and using images as evidence in court. "Evidence from Earth Observation Satellites" analyses whether data from satellite technologies can be a legally reliable, effective evidential tool in contemporary legal systems. This unique interdisciplinary volume brings together leading experts from academia, government, international institutions, industry and judiciary to consider many emerging issues surrounding the use of these technologies in legal strategies. Issues examined include the opportunities arising from technological developments, existing regulatory applications and operational experiences, and admissibility in courts and tools for ensuring the integrity of evidence. It also examines privacy impacts under existing legislation and provides a new conceptual framework for debating the acceptability of such surveillance methods.

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Outer space in society, politics and law - Christian Bruenner, Alexander Soucek.
Call Number: 347.85 O98 [5754-2]
ISBN: 9783709106631
Publication Date: 2011
Spaceflight is a rational undertaking, yet full of emotions. It is a dream of mankind and a multi-billion industry likewise. It is subject to a distinct branch of law – and moreover part of modern pop culture. In short: spaceflight is fascinating. “Outer Space in society, politics and law” is an inter-disciplinary approach to the understanding of modern space law. Technical, cultural and historical aspects lay the foundation for a sound comprehension why space law norms have been established and what they mean in practice. The reader will realize the impact space and spaceflight have on society – from Stonehenge to climate change. A new approach to presenting space law: comprehensive and illustrative.


  • Air and Space Lawyer  Icon
    Air & Space Lawyer publishes articles on developments in air and space law, as well as the activities of the Forum on Air and Space Law.
  • International Journal of Space Structures  Icon
    International Journal of Space Structures provides an international forum for the interchange of information on all aspects of analysis, design and construction of space structures; includes info on recently built important space structures, conferences and forthcoming events of interest.
  • NASA Tech Briefs  Icon
    NASA Tech Briefs cover topics on aeronautics and space flight. When the U.S. Congress formed the National Aeronautics & Space Administration in 1958, it mandated in the charter that NASA and its contractors must report to industry any new, commercially-significant technologies developed in the course of their R&D, so that engineers, managers, and scientists could use this valuable information to improve their competitiveness and productivity. For more than three decades, this has been accomplished primarily through the publication of NASA Tech Briefs.
  • Space Policy  Icon
    Space Policy is an international, interdisciplinary journal which draws on the fields of international relations, economics, history, aerospace studies, security studies, development studies, political science and ethics to provide discussion and analysis of space activities in their political, economic, industrial, legal, cultural and social contexts.

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