The National Space Science Agency, represented by Sh. Hessa Al Khalifa attends a short 3 day-course titled “Space Policy and Law” at London Institute of Space Policy and Law in the United Kingdom, on 14th October 2019.

The Course is particularly appropriate for those working in the space sector who wish to increase their knowledge of the current legal and policy framework, in order to take full advantage of the available opportunities and to create new ones.

The course covered lectures, discussions and interactive case-studies that explored Space Policy and Law:

  • The space environment and space technology (Delimitation of Space and Airspace, Orbits, signals, types of spacecraft)
  • The policy regime of space (Policy Principles of Space, Cooperation and Non-interference, Policy development, space policy institutions and organisations, International and National Institutions, including UN COPUOS)
  • The legal regime (Sources of Space Law, conventions and treaties; comparison with other legal regimes, International Responsibility and Liability distinguished, National space laws and policies).
  • Laws governing space applications (Sovereignty, property rghts, remote sensing, scientific experiment and exploration, manned space activities)
  • Commercial space activities, Satellite Communications, Military and security uses of space.
  • Risk, Liability and insurance considerations.

Dr Al Aseeri, NSSA CEO commented “I believe this promising program to be very useful for the participants, especially that the NSSA, in cooperation with the relevant authorities, will work in the coming years on drafting the National Space Law for the Kingdom of Bahrain space sector in line with the Kingdoms laws and policies and international treaties governing outer space which have been developed under the auspices of the United Nations”.

Sh. Hessa Al Khalifa commented, “The National Space Law will cover rules and regulations, principles and standards governing space initiatives (beyond 100 Km) undertaken by the Kingdom, including the safe use of space technologies and applications and peaceful space exploration. Furthermore, it will also organize the right to own resources found in space and space related commercial activities.” Sh. Hessa further explained “The National Space Law will additionally include regulations related to registration of space objects, incident and risk management, space activity authorization, manned spaceflight activities, and auditing framework.”