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of November 15, 1996 No. 502/96-BP

About space activities

(as amended on 16-12-2020)

This Law determines general legal principles of implementation of space activities in Ukraine and under jurisdiction of Ukraine out of its limits.

Provisions of this Law extends to all types of activity, connected with research and use of space.

Section I. General provisions

Article 1. Determination of terms and concepts

In this Law the stated below terms and concepts are used in the following value:

space activities - scientific space research, use of space, development, production, repair and maintenance, testing, operation, management of objects of space activities (including their aggregates and components), ensuring start, start and return of spacecrafts, their components from space on the earth;

objects of space activities (the space equipment) physical items of artificial origin which are designed, produced and operated as in space (space segment, space infrastructure), and on the Earth's surface (land segment, land infrastructure) with research purpose and uses of space;

subjects of space activities - the company, organization and the organization of any pattern of ownership and form of business, including international and foreign, performing space activities;

the declaration on implementation of economic activity in the field of space activities - the document by which the subject of space activities notifies the central executive body which provides forming and realizes state policy in the field of space activities, on intention to perform space activities;

the spacecraft - the flying technical tool for flights in space and in space for the purpose of its research and use.

space technologies and services - results of scientific developments, methods, means and the services necessary for implementation of space activities, for obtaining and use of results of these activities;

incident - the incident connected with space activities which led to creation of threat of life and human health, and also to damage or destruction of property of citizens, the companies, organizations and organizations or damnification to the environment;

emergency - the incident connected with space activities which led to death of people or to drawing heavy bodily harms by it and also to destruction of property of citizens, the companies, organizations and organizations or causing significant damage to the environment;

rules of space activities - the special rules, technical regulations regulating space activities and its safety;

personnel of objects of space activities - the employees of the companies, organizations and organizations who are taking part in production, testing, operation of objects of space activities and mitigation of consequences of incidents and emergencies and also the specialists of the companies, organizations, organizations and staff of military units involved to accomplishment of this work;

the certificate of conformity - the document certifying compliance of object of space activities to the requirements of operational suitability of the space equipment regulated by regulatory legal acts;

unique objects of space activities - difficult scientific and technical complexes and systems, the test and special apparatus, with unique parameters, used for implementation of the Nation-wide (National) space program of Ukraine which according to the operational characteristics have no analogs in the world or correspond to world level of the similar equipment (control and control of spacecrafts; means of acceptance and processing of office and scientific information; experimental and scientific and technological base for production and testing of the space equipment with modeling of factors of space; land control facilities behind space objects of artificial and unearthly origin; land segment of monitors of the land surface, systems of the prevention of technogenic and natural disasters; land means of space electronic communications).

Article 2. The legislation on space activities in Ukraine

The relations in the field of space activities are governed by this Law and other acts of the legislation of Ukraine adopted according to it.

Article 3. Purpose of space activities

Space activities aim:

assistance to social and economic and scientific progress of the state, to growth of welfare of citizens;


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