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  • Germany Enacts Legislation on the Distribution of Remote Sensing Satellite Data

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    Dr. Michael Gerhard, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany


    Mr. Dr. Bernhard Schmidt-Tedd, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany



    At the 48th IISL Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space in 2005 the authors presented a paper on the adoption of Germany’s policy on the distribution of remote sensing satellite data aiming at safeguard security interests. The authors also presented a first outline of draft legislation.
    On January 24th, 2007 the German government finalised the draft legislation and introduced the proposal to the Parliament. The legislation is intended to enter into force on July 1st, 2007.
    The paper will review the new legislation, which will be applicable to data of high spatial resolution only. The authors will identify on how Germany decided to protect its security interests as well as the security interests of its allies and specific foreign policy interests – while at the same time supporting commercialisation of the capabilities of remote sensing satellites. 
    The German legislation will be compared to the existing legislation in other countries on safeguarding security interests in the distribution of satellite remote sensing data.
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    Manuscript document

    IAC-07-E6.4.14.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

    To get the manuscript, please contact IAF Secretariat.