New steps in ESA/Commission cooperation on GMES

January 28, 2009 at 9:48 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From ESA:

New steps in ESA/Commission cooperation on GMES

28 January 2009
ESA PR 03-2009. Today in Brussels, the amendment to the EC-ESA GMES agreement was signed by Mr Jean-Jacques Dordain, the ESA Director General, and Mr Heinz Zourek, Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry.

This amendment will extend the scope of the original Agreement (signed in February 2008) to activities of Segment 2 of the GMES Space Component Programme and paves the way to ordering the second units of the Sentinel 1, 2, 3 satellites as well as the atmospheric chemistry missions Sentinel-4 and -5 precursor.

Segment 2 of the GMES Space Component (GSC) Programme, which will span the period 2009-2018, overlapping with the ongoing Segment 1 (2006-2013), will complete the development of the initial five new satellites called Sentinels, developed by ESA specifically to meet the needs of GMES, and will ensure operational access to Earth observation data from Contributing Missions for the user community.

Segment 2 was approved by the ESA Member States at the last ESA Ministerial Council meeting held on 25-26 November 2008 with subscriptions to the programme from ESA Participating States amounting to €831.4 million (at 2008 economic conditions).

The amendment signed today adds a further contribution from the European Commission of €205 million to segment 2 of the GSC programme.

GMES is an EU-led initiative. Following the recent Commission Communication(1) and EU Competitiveness Council conclusions(2) on GMES, the European Commission ensures the political coordination of GMES and the development and implementation of a programmatic, institutional, financial and regulatory framework and takes the lead in identifying and bringing together user needs for GMES. It also ensures the availability and continuity of operational services that support its policies. Technical implementation is entrusted to European entities.

In this context and in accordance with the 5th Space Council Resolution of September 2008, ESA’s role within GMES is to be the development and procurement agency for the dedicated GMES Sentinel Missions, and the coordinator for the whole GMES Space Component, including contributions made available by Member States, EUMETSAT and further GMES partners.

Iran to Launch Satellite in March

January 28, 2009 at 9:45 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From RIA Novisti:

Iran set to launch first domestic satellite by March 20
17:31 | 28/ 01/ 2009

TEHRAN, January 28 (RIA Novosti) – Iran plans to put its first domestically made communication satellite into orbit by March 19-20, the head of the Iranian space agency has said.

“If we do not run into problems, the first domestic satellite will be put in orbit by the end of this [Iranian solar calendar] year,” Reza Taqipour said.

He said that technical experts were working to complete the preparations, adding that the precise launch date for the Omid (Hope) satellite would be announced as it drew nearer.

In November, Iran launched a carrier space rocket, Kavoshgar 2 (Explorer 2), which returned to earth after completing its mission.

The project was part of the country’s “strategic space program” and “preparation for scientific and technological developments in space,” according to Iran’s state TV IRIB.

Last August, Iran successfully launched a carrier rocket Safir (Messenger), capable of putting lightweight satellites into low-earth orbit.

Iran has said it plans to put a “series of satellites” into space by 2010 to aid natural disaster management programs and improve telecommunications.

The launches have aroused concerns throughout the world that Tehran is developing long-range ballistic missile technology that could be used to launch nuclear weapons.

Canada’s Space Budget

January 28, 2009 at 9:37 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From the Canada’s Economic Action Plan: Budget 2009:

Canada’s Space Industry

Canada is a leader in the design and construction of robotics for the space industry, and is well known for the Canadarm. The Canadian Space Agency plays an important role by working with the private sector to support advanced research, development and prototyping for new space-based technologies. Budget 2009 provides the Canadian Space Agency with $110 million over three years so that it can contribute to the development of terrestrial prototypes for space robotic vehicles, such as the Mars Lander and Lunar Rover, and for the further development of other technologies and space robotics.

Hat tip and more at Space Politics.

Flight 1549 Lawsuits?

January 28, 2009 at 8:42 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Aero-News Network:

Passengers Hint At Future Lawsuits In Flight 1549

Wed, 28 Jan ’09
Man Says “He Would Like To Be Made Whole”

And so it begins. While “The Miracle on the Hudson” is gradually fading from the headlines, it appears clerks are toiling away in legal offices around the country to figure out who could be held legally liable in the incident under New York law, the depth of their pockets, and who’d get in line to collect.

Before we all blame the lawyers, though, it should be noted they may only be responding to passengers itching to sue US Airways for as-yet unknown damages.

USA Today found a salesman from Charlotte, NC who says he “…would like to be made whole for the incident.” Joe Hart suffered a bloody nose and bruises in the water landing — which, it should be noted, all 155 persons onboard survived — and adds that it’s too soon to know what emotional distress he’s suffered.

Kreindler & Kreindler, a New York law firm with a history of representing plaintiffs suing for damages in aircraft incidents, reports it has been contacted by several passengers from US Airways flight 1549. . . .[Full Story]

H.R. 680: To require that the aircraft used as Air Force One by the President be an aircraft that is made in America by an American-owned company.

January 27, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 680: To require that the aircraft used as Air Force One by the President be an aircraft that is made in America by an American-owned company was introduced on January 26, 2009 by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX). The text is not yet available on Thomas.

S. 321: A bill to require the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State to accept passport cards at air ports of entry and for other purposes.

January 27, 2009 at 9:50 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

S. 321: A bill to require the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State to accept passport cards at air ports of entry and for other purposes was introduced on January 26, 2009 by Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH). The text is not yet available on Thomas.

Russia-Brazil Space Cooperation Agreement

January 27, 2009 at 9:44 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Roscosmos press release (unofficial Google translation):

27-01-2009 The cooperation of Russia and Brazil on mutual protection technologies in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes

Today, 27 January, the next meeting of the Presidium of the Russian Government. The agenda of the meeting, scheduled to start in 14 hours, includes 10 different issues. This is the press service of the Russian Government.

In particular, will discuss a draft federal law «On ratification of Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on the mutual protection of technologies related to cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes».

That is what is reported on the website of the Russian Government on a draft federal law «On ratification of Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil on the mutual protection of technologies related to cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes»:

«The purpose of the Agreement is to establish cooperative relations with Brazil and understanding on the protection of technologies in the implementation of bilateral cooperation in space on a number of high-technology and science areas (including rocket), which are beneficial to the Russian Federation.

The agreement provides for guarantees of safety, security and prevent misuse of end-user of exported (exported) Russian protected products and technologies.

The agreement will apply to all types of cooperative space activities, providing for the removal of protected products from the territory of one state to another.

The agreement defines the rule of the dissemination of protected products immunity from arrest and execution on the territory of the importing country. The major provisions of the Agreement are as follows:

on the mandatory drafting partner organizations both sides of the protection technologies to be approved by government authorities;

to secure the return of protected products in case of revocation of export licenses;

for the extradition of a public authority importing States to end-user certificates for the obligation to work on protected products, including re-export, which is not sanctioned by the exporting Party;

limited access to protected products and technology representatives of the importing party.

This agreement allows fully secure the national interests of Russia in the context of long-term cooperation with Brazil in the high space-rocket technology and meet the needs of «technological alliance» between the two countries, the objective of which was the formation of the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the Federal Republic of Brazil.

Implementation of the Agreement will not entail additional costs from the federal budget ».

Press Service Roscosmos based on the site of the Russian Government

This is an unofficial translation and is provided to the readership of Res Communis as a convenience.

Guilty Plea in Aircraft Export Case

January 27, 2009 at 9:19 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From The Guardian:

Man pleads guilty in Iran military parts case

* AP foreign, Monday January 26 2009

By CURT ANDERSON

AP Legal Affairs Writer= MIAMI (AP) — An Iranian-born man faces up to five years in federal prison for conspiring to violate a U.S. embargo by providing Iran with military aircraft parts.

Hassan Keshari pleaded guilty Monday to a single count in Miami federal court.

Prosecutors say Keshari, a 48-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen who was living in California, was a middleman between Iranian buyers and a supplier based in South Florida. The supplier also has been charged and is scheduled to go to trial in May.

Keshari lawyer David O. Markus says his client is cooperating with investigators and wants to get the matter behind him. The parts were for such aircraft as the F-14 fighter jet, the C-130 cargo plane and the AH-1 attack helicopter.

Library: A Round-up of Reading

January 26, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Library | Leave a comment

Articles
Kelly, Lawrence J. Is that “whoosh” you hear a new whisper-jet whisking across U.S. skies, or the Perotvian “sucking-sound” of jobs leaving the country? A review of the impact of US-EU Open Skies Agreement negotiations on the leverage, lifestyle, and legal standing of U.S. aviation labor. 14 Law & Bus. Rev. Am. 699-736 (2008).

Dwayne Day, A ray of sunshine into a dark world: the future declassification of satellite reconnaissance information, The Space Review

Documents
Use of Google® Maps for display and promotion purposes – UK Ordnance Survey

Blogs
GAO: NASA still ‘high risk’ for waste – The Write Stuff

Astronaut’s wife to chair space subcommittee – Space Politics

Kosmas: extend shuttle and accelerate constellation – Space Politics

White House website includes space security issues in agenda – Secure World Foundation

Laroche v Spirit of Adventure (UK) Ltd – WLR Daily – Current Awareness

The Space Renaissance Initiative – Virgiliu Pop

Long Waves and the Future of Human Spaceflight – 21st Century Waves

FCC Ruling Gives Satellite Firm Time to Order Spare Satellite

January 26, 2009 at 10:58 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

From Space News:

Ruling Gives Satellite Firm Time to Order Spare Satellite

By Peter B. de Selding
Space News Staff Writer

PARIS – Mobile satellite services operator ICO Global’s success in getting U.S. regulators to loosen a requirement for having a spare satellite available before rolling out a ground-repeater network will buy the start-up operator badly needed time before it must find fresh cash for the planned satellite’s construction but has some industry officials guessing about ICO’s strategy.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in one of its last rulings before Chairman Kevin J. Martin left his job, granted ICO a license Jan. 15 to build a network of ground-based signal repeaters that will use the same frequencies as ICO’s orbiting satellite.

The ground network, called an Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC), is viewed as critical by mobile satellite services companies insofar as it will allow their systems to provide customer links in areas beyond the reach of a satellite – indoors and in tunnels and urban canyons, for example. . . .[Full Story]

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