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Space industry to love ANGELS instead

Space industry to love ANGELS instead

Louis Dillon

The space industry will receive guidance from University of Adelaide lawyers when the Australian Navigational Guide Explaining Laws for Space (ANGELS) initiative launches in 2019.

A website is also in the works for the project that will advise industry on Australian and international laws that regulate their business activities, with a grant of nearly $100,000 from the Law Foundation of South Australia funding the initiative.

“Students at Adelaide Law School will develop the content for the website in early 2019. The site will go live later that year in September when the new Australian legislation, the Space Activities (Launches and Returns) Act 2018 comes into effect,” said Duncan Blake, manager of the project.

“The ANGELS project will work closely with the South Australian Space Industry Centre, as well as visiting six Australian cities to meet with space start-ups to understand their regulatory needs."

A board of experts from Adelaide Law School and International Aerospace Law and Policy Group (IALPG) will oversee the project, which will be managed by Blake, a PhD candidate at the Adelaide Law School and Special Counsel on Space Law with IALPG. 

“Information provided on the ANGELS website will give guidance to space start-ups here in South Australia and throughout Australia to conduct their business in accordance with Australian, foreign and applicable international law,” said Professor Dale Stephens, an expect in domestic and international space law.

“The ANGELS project and website will aim to provide an easy step-by-step online guide on what legal and regulatory requirements need to be satisfied to conduct space activities lawfully and commercially."

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