Ukraine And US Cooperation Agreement Signed

March 31, 2008 at 10:49 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

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From the Space Fellowship:

(NSAU) – The Framework Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United States of America for cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes has been signed today, March 31, 2008 in Kyiv during official visit of the President of the United Sates of America George W. Bush.

The Framework Agreement on behalf of the Government of Ukraine was signed by NSAU Director General Mr. Yuriy Alekseev, in compliance with the powers, given to him by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. On behalf of the Government of USA the document was signed by Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the United States of America in Ukraine – Mr. William Taylor in compliance with the powers given to him by U.S. Department of State.

The purpose of Agreement is to develop the frames of cooperation between the National Space Agency of Ukraine and National Aeronautics and Space Administration of USA in the field of space activities on the basis of parity and mutually beneficial terms taking into account leading trends and principals concerning providing of space activities within modern conditions.

The signed Agreement creates legal basis for development of cooperation between Ukrainian and American enterprises and companies of space industry.

This document will promote all-round development of long-term cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and United States of America and will enable implementation of common measures and initiatives, which have common interest for scientific-technical and industrial investment activities of both countries.

UNCOPUOS: Legal Subcommittee Meeting Underway

March 31, 2008 at 10:32 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

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The Legal Subcommittee of UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space began its 47th Session today. The Daily Journal from the meetings is being published on the UNOOSA website. The Provisional Agenda is also available.

Library: A Round Up of Reading

March 31, 2008 at 10:26 am | Posted in Library | 1 Comment

Articles
Sterling, J.A.L. Space copyright law: the new dimension: a preliminary survey and proposals. 54 J. Copyright Soc’y U.S.A. 345-418 (2007).

Bourbonniere, Michel and Ricky J. Lee. Legality of the deployment of conventional weapons in Earth orbit: balancing space law and the law of armed conflict. 18 Eur. J. Int’l L. 873-901 (2007).

Blogs
Fly The Friendly Blue Sky of Mahan – ExportLawBlog

Netherlands Court Upholds Ticket Tax – Aviation Law Prof Blog

Open Skies – Ready to Launch
– Aviation Law Prof Blog

NTSB Upholds FAA’s Broad Prosecutorial Discretion – Aviation Law Discussions

Press Releases
ARMY APPOINTS SERVICE’S FIRST GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION OFFICER – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Reports
Satellite Surveillance: Domestic Issues – CRS Report for Congress

Defense Space Activities: National Security Space Strategy Needed to Guide Future DOD Space Efforts. GAO-08-431R, March 27.

Newsletters
Secure World Foundation Newsletter

Federal Register: Notice of Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Open Meeting

March 31, 2008 at 9:29 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

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A Notice of Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Open Meeting was published in today’s Federal Register (73 F.R. 16944):

SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The meeting will take place on Friday, May 16, 2008, starting at 8 a.m. at the Federal Aviation Administration Headquarters Building, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, in the Bessie Coleman Conference Center, located on the 2nd Floor. This will be the forty-seventh meeting of the COMSTAC.

The proposed agenda for the meeting will feature the release of the 2008 Commercial Space Transportation Forecasts, a briefing on the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Safety Approval process; and a report on AST activities. An agenda will be posted on the FAA Web site at http://ast.faa.gov. Meetings of the COMSTAC Working Groups (Technology and Innovation, Reusable Launch Vehicle, Risk Management, and Launch Operations and Support) will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2008. For specific information concerning the times and locations of the working group meetings, contact the Contact Person listed below.

Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should inform the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Parker (AST-100), Office of Commercial Space Transportation, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Room 331, Washington, DC 20591, telephone (202) 267-3674; E-mail brenda.parker@faa.gov.

Issued in Washington, DC, March 21, 2008.
George C. Nield,
Acting Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation.
[FR Doc. E8-6589 Filed 3-28-08; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4910-13-P

The Preliminary Agenda is available via the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation website.

Joint UK-France Summit Declaration – 27 March 2008

March 31, 2008 at 9:18 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

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A Joint UK-France Summit Declaration (available through the French Embassy in the UK) has been released as a result of French President Sarkozy’s trip to the UK to meet with British Prime Minister Brown. The Declaration includes a list of goals that the two countries will work together to achieve including:

Work together to prepare our two countries to emerging challenges such as cybersecurity, space security and missile threat.

For more information on the Declaration see the story on the BBC.

U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement Becomes Effective March 30

March 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

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From the Department of State:

U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement Becomes Effective March 30

On March 30, the comprehensive first-stage U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement signed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, and their European Union counterparts on April 30, 2007, becomes effective. The Agreement establishes Open Skies between the U.S. and all 27 EU member states— a geographical area accounting for an estimated 60 percent of global air traffic.

This pro-growth, pro-competition, pro-consumer agreement is a major breakthrough in transatlantic economic relations. The Agreement represents a “win/win” for consumers, airlines, and communities on both sides of the Atlantic: increasing travel and transport options, catalyzing trade and employment growth, and enhancing people-to-people contacts. Consumers on both sides of the Atlantic will benefit from new air services that were not permitted in the past

Under the Agreement, all U.S. and EU airlines may fly between any point in the EU and any point in the U.S. without restrictions on routes, the number of flights, or prices charged. Already, Aer Lingus is offering non-stop flights from Ireland to Washington, San Francisco, and Orlando that were not authorized under the old U.S.-Ireland agreement. At London’s Heathrow Airport, five new airlines are offering service between the United States and Heathrow: Air France, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and US Airways. At least five additional United States cities will have non-stop service to Heathrow: Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, and Raleigh.

The first-stage of this agreement is the culmination of four years of intense negotiations and demonstrates what Europe and the United States, working together, can accomplish. Second-stage negotiations with the European Union will begin in Ljubljana on May 15, hosted by the Government of Slovenia, which has the EU presidency through June.

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Implementing Arrangements for the US-Australia Treaty on Defense Trade Cooperation

March 28, 2008 at 11:40 am | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces, Space Law | Leave a comment

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The Directorate of Defence Trade Controls has released the Implementing Arrangement Pursuant to the Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia Concerning Defense Trade Cooperation. The arrangements for the similar UK treaty were released in February.

Both treaties, available through the State Department web site (UK, Australia), allow for some exceptions to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

US, Ukraine Draft Agreement on Space Cooperation

March 28, 2008 at 9:27 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

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From ITAR-TASS (via UNIAN):

Ukraine and the United State have drafted an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of peaceful space exploration, Director General of the Ukrainian National Space Agency Yuri Alexeyev told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

According to Itar-Tass, the document is expected to be signed within the framework of U.S. President George Bush’s visit to Kiev scheduled for March 31 – April 1.

“We expect that a NASA representative will be in the delegation,” said Alexeyev, who was assigned to sign the document for Ukraine.

This will be a framework agreement. It has been drafted for about two years.

“Ukraine signed similar documents with many of its partners, including Russia and the European Union. Agreements of the kind determine key principles of cooperation,” Alexeyev said.

In his words, the document does not include a list of specific projects, but it lays down a foundation for their implementation.

The agreement embraces promising spheres for cooperation and the protection of parties’ interest during the implementation of joint projects.

Ukrainian and American companies study the possibilities for further cooperation, including “some aspects of anti-ballistic missile defence.”

Fact Sheet: United States Global Engagement on Climate Change and Public Health

March 28, 2008 at 9:19 am | Posted in Aerospace Law Interfaces | Leave a comment

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The department of state has released a new fact sheet titled United States Global Engagement on Climate Change and Public Health. In it there is discussion of Global Surveillance:

Strengthening Global Surveillance
The United States invests in technologies to provide advanced warning and key information about climate-related events that could threaten human health.

* The U.S. Government collaborates with developing country partners to operate the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS). Currently in 27 countries, the FEWS combines data from satellite observations with local meteorological, crop, and livelihood information to provide early warnings of food security risks. Similar programs are being developed to warn of risks of meningitis, malaria, and locust outbreaks.

* The U.S. Government supports RANET (Radio and Internet for the Communication of Hydro-Meteorological and Climate-Related Information for Development), which is an international collaboration that uses reserve satellite capacity to transmit weather forecasts, seasonal assessments, and data to remote areas. Rural communities and resource poor populations use this information to better anticipate and cope with climate variability.

* Based on the successful SERVIR program – a U.S. led high-tech satellite visualization system that monitors the environment of Central America – the U.S. Government is developing regional hubs in Africa and beyond to apply remotely sensed information to help track and combat wildfire, improve land use and agricultural practices, and help local officials respond faster to natural disasters.

Hearing: Aviation Safety Oversight

March 27, 2008 at 9:23 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

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The Subcommittee on Aviation of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will have a hearing on aviation safety on April 10, 2008:

Aviation Safety Oversight Hearing
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building

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