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Legal Status of Spacecraft, Satellites, and Space Objects<sup>*</sup><sup>1</sup>

Bin Cheng

in Studies in International Space Law

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198257301
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681745 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198257301.003.0016
Legal Status of Spacecraft, Satellites, and Space Objects*1

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This chapter discusses the legal status of spacecraft, satellites, and space objects. Spacecraft and space vehicles appear to have been treated as synonymous terms in treaties relating to outer space concluded under the auspices of the United Nations. None of the treaties relating to outer space concluded under the auspices of the United Nations has occasion to refer to artificial earth satellites, although the Preamble of the Moon Treaty does mention the ‘moon, as a natural satellite of the earth’. The term space object designates any object which humans launch, attempt to launch, or have launched into outer space. It embraces satellites, spacecraft, space vehicles, equipment, facilities, stations, installations and other constructions, including their components, as well as their launch vehicles and parts thereof.

Keywords: international law; space law; spacecraft; satellites; space objects

Chapter.  5957 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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