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Re: UK spaceflight bill for regulating UK spaceports
« Reply #1 on: 02/21/2017 09:32 AM »
Had a very quick skim. As you'd imagine bill sets up a regulatory framework.

I was interested to see what it says about informed consent/liability. A couple of excerpts:

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15 Informed consent
(1) The holder of an operator licence must not allow an individual to take part, in a prescribed role or capacity, in spaceflight activities carried out by the licensee unless the individual
(a) has signified his or her consent to accept the risks involved in those activities, and
(b) fulfils prescribed criteria with respect to age and mental capacity.

(2) Consent to accept the risks involved in spaceflight activities must be signified by signing a document (a “consent form”) that gives details of the risk assessment carried out for those activities under section 8.

(3) Regulations may make
(a) provision about the form and content of consent forms;
(b) provision about information to be given to individuals before they sign consent forms;
(c) provision imposing evidential and procedural requirements with regard to the signification of consent.

(4) It is an offence for a licensee to contravene subsection (1).

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30 Liability of licensee for injury or damage etc

(5) Regulations may impose a limit on the amount of the liability of the holder of an operator licence (under this section or otherwise) in respect of injury or damage that
(a) arises out of spaceflight activities carried out by the licensee, and
(b) is sustained in prescribed circumstances or by persons of prescribed descriptions.

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Re: UK spaceflight bill for regulating UK spaceports
« Reply #2 on: 02/21/2017 10:08 AM »
There's an event today (LaunchUK) in London for the new bill and govt plans for commercial space in the UK.

Some govt and UK space agency views/aims attached from:

https://twitter.com/spacegovuk/status/833988439997546497
https://twitter.com/spacegovuk/status/833992224870383617
https://twitter.com/spacegovuk/status/833994929890328577

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« Reply #3 on: 02/21/2017 11:44 AM »
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Potential #UK spaceport locations have just presented about their sites at #LaunchUK

https://twitter.com/spacegovuk/status/834019860543844353


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Re: UK spaceflight bill for regulating UK spaceports
« Reply #4 on: 02/21/2017 03:54 PM »
UK Space Agency PR following today's Launch UK event:

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Launch UK brings together UK commercial space sector

From:UK Space Agency
First published:21 February 2017

The UK Space Agency and partners brought together government and industry to enable satellite launches from the UK by 2020.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson and Minister for Aviation Lord Ahmad spoke alongside the UK Space Agency CEO Katherine Courtney at the Launch UK conference at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 21 February.

A key strand of the government’s Industrial Strategy is for the UK to hold a greater share of the commercial spaceflight market, worth an estimated £25 billion over the next 20 years, by developing competitive, commercial and safe spaceflight proposals for UK-based satellite launch services and sub-orbital flights.

The conference brought together potential UK spaceports and spaceflight vehicle operators – the component parts of the consortia that are working to provide commercial launch services from the UK.

The UK Space Agency has made grants worth £10 million available to help develop the capability for spaceflight. The consortia are being invited to provide their business cases for funding to develop key technologies or infrastructure in the UK.

The conference took place as new legislation – the Spaceflight Bill – was delivered to the House of Commons and the House of Lords today to facilitate and regulate commercial spaceflight.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

“We really do stand at the dawn of a very exciting era. This is a big and incredibly exhilarating moment for this country.

“The traditional space sector is changing and the way we access space is changing too, which is why this is a truly important moment for us. It’s vital that we don’t miss the exciting opportunities that are now ahead of us.”

Minister for Aviation Lord Ahmad said:

“We are boldly legislating where no British government has legislated before.

“It’s clear we are galvanised and ready to grasp this huge opportunity for our country. We want to move quickly but we also want to get it right too.

“It’s our ambition as a government, as a collective industry, as a country that the UK is the best place in Europe for space flight operations.”

Seven potential regional spaceports gave presentations and a panel of industry experts discussed innovations in commercial spaceflight, looking ahead to 2025, while there was also an opportunity for networking.

Katherine Courtney, CEO UK Space Agency, said:

“With our partners across government we continue to create a supportive environment for commercial innovation and cutting edge science.

“Together, we are working to embrace the emerging small satellite launch market to capture a share of the £25bn global opportunity. I’m confident that 2020 will see the first launches from British soil, and we’re working hard to make that a reality.”

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-uk-brings-together-uk-commercial-space-sector

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Re: UK spaceflight bill for regulating UK spaceports
« Reply #5 on: 06/28/2017 12:07 PM »
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Introduction of Space Industry Bill shows UK’s commitment to commercial spaceflight

From: Department for Transport, UK Space Agency, and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Published: 28 June 2017

The Space Industry Bill has been introduced into the House of Lords, marking the first step in the process to create new laws and regulatory framework to enable exciting new technologies to operate safely from the UK.

The Bill, which was outlined in the Queen’s Speech, is a clear signal of the UK’s commitment to enabling commercial spaceflight from UK spaceports, and a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy to ensure the UK businesses capture a share of this emerging global market.

Lord Callanan, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport introduced the Space Industry Bill, which is a joint initiative by the Department for Transport, UK Space Agency and Civil Aviation Authority supported by the Health and Safety Executive.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said:

"The Space Industry Bill will ensure the UK remains a leading player in the commercial space age by enabling small satellite launch from UK spaceports. The measures in the Bill will help make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial launch and enable UK businesses to capture a growing share of this emerging global market."

The emerging markets for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flight are forecast to be worth over £25 billion globally over the next 20 years. They offer exciting opportunities to grow the UK space sector, create local jobs and inspire the next generation of British scientists and engineers.

The main elements of the Bill are:

 - new powers to license a wide range of spaceflight activities, including vertically-launched rockets, spaceplanes, satellite operation, spaceports and other technologies
 - a comprehensive and proportionate regulatory framework to manage risk, ensuring that commercial spaceflight in the UK remains safe
 - measures to regulate unauthorised access and interference with spacecraft, spaceports and associated infrastructure, drawing on the UK’s extensive expertise – particularly in aviation security
 - measures to promote public safety by providing a regulatory framework to cover operational insurance, indemnity and liability

This legislation will ensure the UK can take advantage of new markets, overcome dependence on foreign launch services and benefit from the development of new spaceports and supply chains.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/introduction-of-space-industry-bill-shows-uks-commitment-to-commercial-spaceflight

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Re: UK spaceflight bill for regulating UK spaceports
« Reply #6 on: 06/28/2017 12:29 PM »
I suppose the latter measures are to cover the activities of any protesters the like of which we sometimes see turning up at airports.

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