Space activities regulation approved

On 18 July 2019, ANACOM, in its capacity as Autoridade Espacial - AE (Space Authority), adopted the Regulation on the access and exercise of space activities.

The regulation aims to ensure the optimisation of resources and the simplification, speed and effectiveness of space activity procedures, so as to minimise the administrative burden on businesses and to facilitate access for the largest number of operators interested in exercising space activities in Portugal, while at the same time placing high demands as regards the security, damage prevention and environmental impact of these activities.

This regulation specifies:

  • the procedure for granting and assessing the criteria for licences for launch and/or return operations and for command and control operations;
  • the procedure for the award of prequalification certificates for exercising space activities;
  • the details to be registered with the Autoridade Espacial (Space Authority) concerning space objects;
  • the requirements to be observed and information to be provided within the scope of the transfer of ownership of space objects.

The public consultation report to which the draft Regulation was subject of 6 June 2019 was also approved on that date and the publication of the Regulation in the 2nd series of the Diário da República (Official Journal of Portugal) was decided.

This regulation shall come into force on the day after its publication in the Official Journal of Portugal.