20 August 2008. Issue 11 of “ESPI Perspectives” provides an introduction to the new French Space Act which was adopted on 3 June 2008. The outline of the main elements of the legislation and its consequences also for Europe is followed by a first inofficial French-English synopsis of the Act.
The problems resulting from the lack of national space legislation have been discussed for many years in different forums. France, as one of the major space-faring nations, relied until recently on indirect measures to ensure the control of the private space sector and to fulfill its international obligations from Art. VI of the Outer Space Treaty. With the new Act, the French decision-makers opt for the advantages of a clear legal framework for the commercial use of outer space. The present introduction underlines the impact of the interrelation of a favorable industrial pragmatism with the benefits of the new legal framework. The key elements of this Act might serve as an example for other European countries.
Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd and Isabelle Arnold
This issue of “ESPI Perspectives” on “The French Act relating to space activities. From international law idealism to national industrial pragmatism” has been prepared by Dr. Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd, Head of Legal and Business Support of the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and Isabelle Arnold, working as a legal consultant in the same department. Dr. Schmidt-Tedd has been working on the topic of national space legislation in practical as well as academic ways for numerous years. Isabelle Arnold is an expert in Franco-German relations and also focuses in her work on the topic of national space legislation.