Agreement On Space Cooperation

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States of America and the Luxembourg Space Agency of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg intend to designate focal point for the exchange of information on future cooperation in civil space activities related to human and robotic exploration, space and geospatial sciences and space technology. One of the priorities, Ross suggested, could be on legal issues related to commercial space activities. « It`s really time to think about the business needs of the space community, » he said, but didn`t address some topics. Facilitate communication, cooperation, research and development between participants and other public and private bodies in order to promote and promote common space-related objectives, missions and objectives, in accordance with applicable international law and laws, regulations and restrictions applicable to participants. The activities provided for in this Agreement may commence on the day of signature and continue five (5) years after the date of signature. This Memorandum of Understanding may be extended or revised by the Participants after their written decision. As stated above, it can be settled by one of the participants before the end of the initial period. The resigning Participant should endeavour to provide the other Participant, sixty (sixty) days before the end of cooperation under this Memorandum of Understanding, with written notification of cessation of cooperation. It also describes to a large extent the objectives and deadlines of the ASTP and states that « the parties have agreed to implement projects aimed at developing compatible appointment and reception systems […] in order to enhance the safety of the dressed hab flight in space and to offer the possibility of conducting joint scientific experiments. The agreement states a preliminary date and method for carrying out the mission and describes « the docking of an American Apollo spacecraft and a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft with astronaut visits to the other`s spacecraft. » « As a result of our space resources initiative, some twenty companies have already decided to join us here in Luxembourg and place their European headquarters in Luxembourg, » Schneider said at the ceremony. The space industry accounts for about 2 percent of the country`s gross domestic product, he said, although this is mainly fueled by the presence of global satellite operator SES. The participants intend to nominate representatives to work together on ways to facilitate new investments in private sector space enterprises, to develop and protect new technologies, to stimulate and protect research and development in the space sector and to use State funding to increase new investment in space. At a ceremony in Luxembourg, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister Étienne Schneider signed a Memorandum of Understanding on space cooperation. This agreement, the Luxembourg government said in a statement, « will serve as an instrument to establish a more formal dialogue, an exchange of expertise and exchanges of information between countries ».

The Participants intend to recall, in accordance with this Memorandum of Understanding, future cooperation with regard to the implementation of agreements, understandings or other documents, as appropriate and jointly decided. Neither Ross nor Schneider said which topics would be addressed first under the deal, but they both stressed their interest in supporting the growth of the space industry in their countries. These contact points aim in particular to facilitate dialogue to enable exploration of human and robotic space, including missions beyond near-Earth orbit to the Moon for long-term exploration and exploitation, as well as to Mars and other objectives. . . .